“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority” ~ Lord John Dalberg-Acton
Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings on John Conyers Compensating Cynthia Martin
Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”
Additionally, in 2016, his former chief of staff Cynthia Martin pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property after she refused to reimburse $16,500 that was mistakenly deposited in her account. A preliminary investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics found that Conyers continued to pay Martin more than $13,000 per month when she was supposedly on unpaid leave.
Ever since the news of Harvey Weinstein’s near-psychopathic history of sexual harassment and abuse went public, the floodgates have opened.
Victims, feeling emboldened to tell their stories have come forward. The shock waves have hit everything from the entertainment industry, the political world and even the news media. All of this came after the reports of sexual harassment by players at Fox News including Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and Eric Bolling. Names of the accused include Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Celebrity chef, John Besh, Mark Halperin, Ken Baker, Brett Ratner, Jeffrey Tambor, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Al Franken, Glenn Thrush, Charlie Rose and Pixar’s John Lasseter. The last of the dominos hasn’t fallen by a long shot. There are a lot of nervous men out there waiting for the instances of their harassment or assault to surface. It’s only a matter of time. RedState
CONYERS: Espionage, Fraud & Lies – Epic Secrets Behind An Epic Investigation
While sexual harassment in the workplace is a repulsive, arcane social norm that needs to seriously be addressed, so is the rampant fraud and public corruption that takes place in the Congress, the States, County and City governments. Consider this an introduction because there is much, much more to this story.
Conyers’ office has a history of ethical run-ins. In 2016, his former chief of staff Cynthia Martin pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property after she refused to reimburse $16,500 that was mistakenly deposited in her account.
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Another Woman Accused Conyers Of Sexual Harrassment
In a lawsuit unearthed by Buzzfeed, a second woman accused Conyers of sexual harassment, but later abandoned efforts to hold him accountable. According to Buzzfeed, a former scheduler for the Democrat said she faced daily harassment from the congressman in a suit she later dropped after a court denied her request to keep it sealed. The behavior described in the suit took place between 2015 and 2016, meaning it happened after Conyers settled with the previous, unnamed, former staffer.
“These behaviors and actions were so common and pervasive that they created a hostile work environment,” she alleged. Unlike the settlement agreement that was published by Buzzfeed earlier Monday, this lawsuit is a public document. BuzzFeed News was not able to reach the woman for comment and also decided against releasing her name.
Asked by Buzzfeed to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday, a Conyers spokesman said: “[The former staffer] voluntarily decided to drop her case.” The congressman “vehemently” denied the previously reported allegations. Good-Stockinvest
CALIFORNIA — ANOTHER ONE IDENTIFIED AND RESIGNS STATE ASSEMBLYMAN SEAT — BUT HIS RESIGNATION IS FOR SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 AND HE WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION!! What’s wrong with now, Raul Bocanegra???
VIA – DAILY WIRE — Democratic Leader Resigns As Sexual Harassment Claims Begin To Surface — “It was a moment that I truly regret, that I am very sorry for, and for which I have accepted responsibility for my actions.”, by Ryan Saavedra, November 20, 2017
“I spent my life advocating for the Northeast Valley, fighting for a fair share for our communities and residents,” Bocanegra said. “It is because of my deep commitment to you, residents of the 39th Assembly District, that I have made the decision to resign from the State Assembly, effective September 1, 2018, and immediately resign my leadership position. I am also suspending my campaign and will not run for re-election.”
The Times notes that Bocanegra’s announcement comes after the paper presented a report to his office on Friday with its findings that at least six women have accused him of sexual harassment. Bocanegra was reportedly disciplined in 2009 for “inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact” against a female staffer after an investigation. DailyWire
Rep. Tim Murphy announces resignation in wake of sex scandal
Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania announced he will resign from Congress on Oct. 21 in the wake of a sex scandal. Republican congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania is resigning from Congress effective Oct. 21, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday.
Ryan said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that he received a letter of resignation from Murphy.
“It was Dr. Murphy’s decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer,” Ryan said.
Murphy’s decision came a day after he announced he would not run for a ninth term, amid tawdry revelations of an extramarital affair in which the anti-abortion lawmaker urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant. USAToday
Indianapolis councilman Jeff Miller charged with 3 counts of child molestation
Indianapolis City-County Councilman Jeff Miller is accused of molesting two children following a nearly month-long investigation.
Friday, three counts of child molesting, fondling or touching with child under 14 were filed against the councilman. The charges come after authorities conducted a search at Miller’s home after reports of child molestation surfaced last month.
Marion County Republican Central Committee Chairman Jim Merritt said he accepted Miller’s resignation Friday, and it will be effective on Monday. Fox59
Democrat (PHILIP AHR) Resigns After Being Charged With Child Porn, Includes Kids Sexually Abused By Animals
“The ages of these children is particularly disturbing. Anywhere from infants to 2-4 to 3-6, and all in those different categories.”
A Pennsylvania Democrat resigned from his position on Monday night after being charged with child porn and abusing children last month. Philip Ahr officially resigned from the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners following his resignation as the board’s president in late October. DailyWire
Florida Democratic Party chairman resigns over report he made women ‘uncomfortable’
The Florida Democratic Party chairman is resigning after a report that he makes women feel uncomfortable.
Stephen Bittel released a brief statement on the party’s Twitter account Friday shortly after four of his party’s candidates for governor called for him to step down.
State Sen. Dan Schoen, Rep. Tony Cornish both to resign after harassment claims
Two Minnesota lawmakers announce they will resign on same day following harassment allegations that reverberated at State Capitol.
A pair of Minnesota state lawmakers — one a DFL senator, the other a Republican representative — announced Tuesday that they will resign from office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
Word of the resignations of Sen. Dan Schoen and Rep. Tony Cornish came within two hours of each other, capping a stunning sequence of events that vividly demonstrated a new awareness of what many insiders say has been a long-standing tolerance of mistreatment of women working at Minnesota’s Capitol. Both men had been under pressure from leaders of their parties to resign. Star Tribune