The announcement that Rep. John Conyers Jr. is stepping down is good news but a liberal will continue to represent the impoverished district, says a conservative black activist.
"He's a socialist," Jesse Lee Peterson says of the 88-year-old Michigan congressman, who announced Dec. 5 that he is quitting amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations. The lawmaker had stated just hours earlier that he would not seek re-election but would still hang on to his House.
Conyers represents Michigan's 13th Congressional District, which includes suburbs and portions of Detroit in Wayne County.
The 13th District is ranked as one of the worst according to poverty statistics gathered by the left-wing Center for American Progress.
Meanwile, The New York Times among other media is reporting that Conyers has stated he wants his son to fill the seat while another family relative is also considering running for the seat.
According to Peterson, it's unfortunate that the majority-black district will likely get a hand-picked replacement to repersent a black community of angry and demoralized constituents.
Still, the conservative activist is glad to see the elder Conyers step down.
"John Conyers needs to retire," Patterson says. "I don't know why the voters kept voting him in. He wasn't good for Michigan anyway."