Conyers’ Son, Handpicked Successor Was Previously Arrested for Domestic Assault
The son of outgoing Democratic Congressman John Conyers (Mich.) was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of domestic assault, records show.
In Los Angeles earlier this year, the younger Conyers, 27, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after his girlfriend called the police, NBC reports.
Conyers’ girlfriend claimed that after she confronted him for cheating, he “body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her.” When she tried to call police, she said he took a knife and swung it at her.
The elder Conyers resigned Tuesday after he was accused by multiple former staffers of sexual abuse and harassment. In his resignation speech, the Michigan Democrat endorsed his son to fill the open seat.
“I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers, III, who incidentally I endorse to replace me in my seat in Congress, so we’re all working together to make this country a better one,” he said.
The outgoing congressman’s son has never run for public office. His Facebook page indicates he attended New York University and Morehouse College in Atlanta and identifies him as managing partner at EIA Alpha Partners Fund Management, based in Detroit. The agency didn’t immediately respond to a request from NBC for comment.
Following his arrest on Feb. 15, Conyers was released the same day in lieu of $50,000 bond. He claimed his girlfriend was on drugs and she attacked him with the knife, cutting herself in the process.
In the end, prosecutors decided it “could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s injury was not accidentally sustained” and declined to bring charges.