Embattled Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) was taken to the hospital on Thursday after he reportedly fell sick from stress-related illnesses, likely due to the roiling controversy surrounding multiple allegations of sexual harassment that have prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to call for Conyers’ resignation from Congress.
Details about Conyers’ health remain scant, but an aide confirmed that the 88-year-old’s condition is stable.
“I just spoke with Monica Conyers on the phone and we want you to know that the Congressman is resting comfortably in an area hospital,” political consultant Sam Riddle told CNN. “He’s doing OK, as well as he can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age.”
Riddle blamed Conyers’ sudden decline in fortitude on the ongoing scandal.
“The congressman’s health is not what it should be and a lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault,” he said.
Pelosi did not mince words in condemning Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, during her weekly press conference.
“The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing, and very credible,” she said. “It’s very sad. The brave women who came forward are owed justice. I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well, however, Congressman Conyers should resign.”
Conyers has been at the center of the conversation regarding sexual harassment on Capitol Hill since last week, when Buzzfeed published a report revealing that Conyers had quietly settled a former staffer’s sexual assault claim.
He eventually acknowledged the settlement but denied wrongdoing, even after another staffer came forward and filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit that was quickly dropped for confidentiality reasons.
As of Wednesday, Conyers’ staff maintained that he has no plans to resign, even as calls mount on both sides of the aisle for him to step down.