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Democrats take a strong line on sexual misconduct in Congress


THE allegations of rampant sexual abuse that have been roiling Capitol Hill in recent days have started ending political careers. On December 5th John Conyers, an 88-year-old Democratic congressman from Michigan, announced, rather optimistically, that he was resigning “to preserve my legacy and good name”. The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, Mr Conyers has been accused by numerous former female employees of molesting them; one of them had been bought-off with a payment of $27,000 from his office funds. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota (pictured), another Democrat, looked likely to follow him into enforced retirement from the Hill. At the time of writing, the former comedian was expected to announce his resignation at press conference on December 6th, having been accused by eight women of groping them. At least 30 Democratic senators had urged him to go.Other alleged-sleazebag politicians are also facing disgrace. Blake Farenthold, a Republican member of the House from Texas, has been accused by his former...Continue reading (The Economist - United States) More More

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