John Conyers must go but Al Franken gets to Stay
House majority leader has called for Congressmen John Conyers to step down amid allegations of sexual harassment but Al Franken faces only a ethics investigation designed to sweep his own problems under the rug until the news cycle moves on.
John Conyers- a lifetime of public service
John James Conyers fought for our country in the Korean war, a civil rights activist, and congressional aide. He was elected to congress in 1964 and co-founded the congressional black caucus, sponsored the bill to make Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a national holiday and is one of the longest serving members of congress and longest serving Black member.
Al Franken- a Comedian
Al Franken, while a good guy, his accomplishments include being a comedian and making nice speeches on the senator floor.
Libeals-Franken needs soul searching Conyers must die
Senator Claire McKCaskill has said that Mr. Franken “needs to do some soul searching,” and has supported the aformentioned ‘ethics’ investigation. Not one Senate democrat has called for Franken to resign. The house minority (ironically titled) leader Nancy Pelosi has called for Franken to say he’s ‘sorry’ and promises not to do it again that would be enough.
Conyers has faced a different song. Nancy Pelosi last week publicly called for Conyers resignation saying bluntly ‘he should go’. House Democratic caucus chairmen Joe Crownley echoed those sentiments
Yesterday, I said Congressman Conyers should do the right thing for the country, the institution, and, most importantly, the woman involved,” he said. “The right thing is for Congressman Conyers to resign. Reunters
House minority whip Steny Hoyer has also called for his walking papers.
As I have said, the allegations against Rep. Conyers are serious and credible. As we continue to hear more, I think it is appropriate for him to resign,” Hoyer tweeted. Reunters
Location! Location! Location! Cry dems
The democrats have responded that the difference is that the alleged improprieties occurred while Conyers was on the clock and had power over his staffers while Franken did his acts while working as a comedian. Wtf?! This is as thin of a smoke screen as it gets. If true both men had a great deal of power over their alleged victims. Leanne Tweeden has repeatedly said that she was told ‘you’ll never work in this town again’ if she came forward with Al Franken’s gross misdeeds. Conyers on the other hand, yes had the power to fire a squealing staffer, but most congressional staffers are only there temporarily anyway. Getting fired from a congressional office while a setback isn’t a career ender. Tweeden’s career and years of work could’ve all gone down the drain due to Franken’s influence.
Let us not forget the creepy as heck photo Tweeden has documenting Franken’s disgusting actions.
Let us also not forget that all Conyers has against him are alligations while Franken has admitted he’s a pervert and there’s a photograph documenting his misdeeds. Not to mention other women have come forward with credible allegations against Franken as well.
Conyers has noticed as well
The disparity has not been overlooked by Conyers’s attorney, Arnold Reed, has asserted his client’s innocence and pointed out that his client is not being treated equally. To make his point, he highlighted the recent news surrounding another congressmen’s settlement.
“I haven’t heard as much as a peep from Washington as to whether this person needs to step down — not even as much as a peep,” Reed told reporters gathered outside of Conyers’s home in Detroit. “All that we’re saying here is we’re going to ensure that this is a fair process.”
Arnold stopped short of saying there’s a racial factor at play, but suggested Conyers is nonetheless being treated differently.
“I didn’t mention the word racial. … What I’m telling you is this: There is a lot of pressure that has come to bear from some Democrats on the congressman. In fact, they’ve talked about expulsion,” he said.
“But the congressman is not going to be pressured by any of that.”
Both should go or both should stay
This disparity highlights why we as Blacks must not be complicit that the democrats or white liberals are our friends. When it came down to it they chose to stick up for a white comedian over a Black man who not only put his life on the line for his country but has decades of public service. If the alligations are proven to be true they should both resign. Franken has all but admitted what he did and there’s a damning photograph. Conyers is accused and nothing more.
To any white democrats reading this know that this disparity will not go unnoticed.