A third accuser has come forward with new accusations of sexual harassment against already embattled Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Former Deputy Chief of Staff Deanna Maher has implicated her former boss, Rep. John Conyers, in a series of unwanted sexual advances during her time managing one of the Congressman’s offices.
Deanna Maher claimed there were several instances in which Rep. Conyers made unwanted sexual advances towards her, as reported by The Detroit News. The first occurrence Maher recounted was at a Black Caucus upon being hired in 1997.
Maher recalled how she needed the job and couldn’t leave for fear of not finding another, so she stayed on and continued her work.
“I didn’t have a room, and he had me put in his hotel suite,” recalled Maher, stating that she rejected his offer to share his hotel room and have sex with him.
Maher recalled another incident from 1998 in which she was touched by Conyers as the two were on their way to Detroit Metro Airport:
“He was trying to feel me up with his right hand. I kept pushing his hand away. Then he put his hand on my neck and started trying to tickle me. We were on I-75, and he was driving erratically. I was saved by the bell because we got pulled over by the police for the way he was driving.”
Maher recounted a third incident in 1999, at a meeting in Highland Park which included the company of ministers. Maher stated that Conyers “put his hand up my dress and whispered in my ear, ‘I didn’t know you had such great legs.’”
Maher did not remain silent throughout the ordeal. She alerted a former reporter at the Detroit Free Press, Joel Thurtell, however, she refused to go public in fear of retribution for outing such a “powerful man.”
“She told me about the sexual harassment claims, but at the time she didn’t feel confident she wouldn’t be hind out to dry and retaliated against. So there was no way I could report it. I spoke to her last week, and she said she just didn’t feel comfortable at the time going on the record with the allegations.”
Deanna Maher is the third woman to level such disturbing claims against the House member representing the 13th District of Michigan, John Conyers. Last week Conyers was accused by a former staffer who claims he lured her into a meeting in which he was wearing only his underwear. Buzzfeed issued a report last week which included notarized affidavits detailing a settlement for another sexual harassment claim; a settlement that would be paid for with taxpayer money drawn from the congressman’s office budget.
The number of claims that have been leveled against John Conyers coupled with the comparable nature of each incident immensely strengthens the credibility of his accusers.
Regardless of the credibility of each accuser and the similar nature of each woman’s accusation, Democrats have come to rally to the defense of John Conyers. Thus perfectly exemplifying the most significant reasons why so many women choose not to immediately come forward; retribution and scorn.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who champions herself as a staunch supporter of women’s rights, came to the defense of John Conyers on CNN’s Meet the Press on Sunday. Chuck Todd asked Pelosi whether or not Rep. John Conyers was “in or out” as it pertained to his duties in the House, she responded with the following:
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two? I think there has to be — John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women — Violence Against Women Act, which the left — right-wing — is now quoting me as praising him for his work on that, and he did great work on that. But the fact is, as John reviews his case, which he knows, which I don’t, I believe he will do the right thing.”
Pelosi is very stern in her assertion of Conyers being an “icon” as she continues to highlight how powerful John Conyers is with regard to women’s rights. The most troubling part of the interview is when Chuck Todd asks Pelosi whether or not she believes the accusers, Pelosi answers with the following:
“I don’t know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward.”
Pelosi deliberately paints the accusers as insignificant in the shadow of an “icon” like John Conyers. She claims not even to “know who they are,” in her efforts to diminish their credibility. Nancy Pelosi scorns the accusers as she suggests they aren’t to be believed if they have yet to come forward. Nancy Pelosi’s statement unto it’s self is troubling enough, but this is precisely why Deanna Maher held her story back from the public. She perfectly sums up her reasoning in her interview with The Detroit News:
“I didn’t report the harassment because it was clear nobody wanted to take it seriously. John Conyers is a powerful man in Washington, and nobody wanted to cross him.”
What many people find surprising is that Nancy Pelosi, self-described champion of women, is in the crowd of those whom refuse to take it seriously. John Conyers apparently casts the same size shadow now as he did when he committed these alleged acts. Now we know why “nobody wanted to cross him.”
Sexual harassment is the unwelcome sexual advances made by an employer or supervisor, especially when compliance is made a condition of continued employment or advancement. Deanna Maher’s story is credible and serves as a perfect example of sexual harassment in the workplace. This case should be highlighted by feminists, instead they are working overtime to protect the liberal elites whose hypocrisy is now a stain on the blue dress known as the Democratic Party.
Developing: As News Procession was posting this story, Politico reported that Congressional Black Caucus members are urging Rep. John Conyers to resign as of late Tuesday afternoon. It remains unclear whether or not Conyers will resign in the face of calls from the very caucus he helped establish.