Four local members of Congress on Thursday afternoon joined the chorus of Democrats who say Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) should leave office as the veteran lawmaker faces multiple allegations that he sexually harassed women who worked for him.
"Those who commit these offenses must be held accountable, no matter how powerful they are," Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said in tweets. "Congress cannot be exempt, and I believe that Congressman John Conyers should resign."
The number of Democrats who decided he should leave office grew rapidly after one of Conyers's accusers went on television to explain her allegations and followed a call from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Conyers to resign.
The second-highest ranking House Democrat, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), followed her lead.
"As I have said, the allegations against Rep. Conyers are serious and credible. As we continue to hear more, I think it is appropriate for him to resign," Hoyer said in a tweet.
Rep. John Delaney (Md.), who is not seeking reelection in order to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, said it is "abundantly clear that Rep. Conyers repeatedly acted inappropriately" and he should resign.
Reps. John Sarbanes (Md.) concurred on the resignation: "That would be the best thing."
Locally, at least one Republican also said Conyers, the longest-serving member of Congress, no longer belongs in office.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who co-sponsored a successful resolution to require mandatory anti-harassment training for members and staff, said earlier this week that Conyers should resign.
She had the same message for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who has apologized after several women accused him of groping them.
Beyer has not commented publicly on what he thinks Franken should do.
"Right now our country is undertaking a much-overdue reckoning with sexual harassment and assault," Beyer tweeted Thursday. "This has long been a serious problem, and Congress should take a leading role and help usher in change to protect victims and change our culture for the better."
A spokesman for Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.), a member of the House Ethics Committee, said he is barred under committee rules from commenting publicly about Conyers as the committee begins investigating sexual harassment allegations.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's nonvoting representative, said she wants to speak with Conyers "before expressing her views publicly."
No other Democrats in Virginia or Maryland responded immediately to a request for comment on Conyers's situation.