[Ed. – Family spokesman blames media assault’.]
Democratic Rep. John Conyers (Mich.) has been hospitalized for a stress-related illness amid a sex scandal that has led some of his congressional colleagues to call for his resignation.
Family spokesman Sam Riddle confirmed on Thursday morning that Conyers, 88, is seeking treatment at a Detroit-area hospital, CBS Detroit reports.
“Monica Conyers, Mrs. Conyers, is by his side and we just ask, really the nation, to pray for this congressman that has done so much for the nation,” said Riddle, who did not elaborate on what Conyers is suffering from beyond stress.
Riddle, who also serves as Conyers’ political consultant, blamed the hospitalization on the “media assault” stemming from the sexual harassment allegations against the congressman.
“The congressman’s health is not what it should be and a lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault,” Riddle told WDIV-TV, adding that “the reality is these serial accusers have done this before, we’re used to it.”
Riddle went on to blame the media for giving Conyers’ accusers “too much credibility” and too big of a platform.