Rep. John Conyers’ wife, Monica Conyers, criticized the media Wednesday for standing outside her home as calls mounted for her husband’s resignation amid allegations of sexual misconduct. (Nov. 29) AP
DETROIT — Monica Conyers wasn’t in a talkative mood Wednesday morning as the media camped outside her house looking for her embattled husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit.
John Conyers has come under fire because of sexual harassment allegations made against him and how they were handled by his office.
As she was leaving the family’s house Wednesday morning, Monica Conyers said: “I’ll make a comment when you all disclose to me who has made the allegations.’’
Earlier, her son, John Conyers III, said it was disconcerting to see how his father was being treated in the wake of the allegations.
John Conyers III spoke to reporters early Wednesday outside his family's Detroit home, saying it's "very unfortunate to see him fight so long for so many people and to automatically have the allegations assumed to be true."
While John Conyers III was stoic in his comments, Monica Conyers became irritated with the media attention.
“Do you all go and stalk other people’s houses?’’ Monica Conyers asked the media camped outside her house. “Do you go and stalk white people’s houses or just come to the black neighborhoods and stalk our houses?”
Conyers said her husband wasn’t home and that she didn’t know his whereabouts.
Early Tuesday, CNN quoted unnamed sources saying some members of the Congressional Black Caucus — one of the most powerful Democratic blocs in the U.S. House and one which Conyers, 88, helped found — were encouraging him to resign as a way to protect his legacy.
If Conyers were to step down, it would mark a dramatic fall for the longest-serving active member of Congress and a man who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and employed Rosa Parks. Conyers on Sunday resigned as ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, where he had served as chair or ranking member since 1995.
Contributing: Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press; Associated Press