The allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., point for a need for fresh faces and term limits in Washington, D.C., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday.
"We've heard the term drain the swamp," Huckabee told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Actually, swamps have an ecological function. They provide wetlands; they're a natural filter. The swamp is a terrible analogy here.
"What we really need to be talking about is the sewer because Washington isn't a swamp, it's a sewer. And I think people need to flush it."
And many people who have been in Washington for years, such as Conyers, who has represented the state of Michigan in Washington since 1964, need to "resign and go home," Huckabee said.
"We need fresh faces, fresh blood, fresh attitudes in Washington," Huckabee said. "What's happening there now, I think, is utterly disgusting, and both parties should be ashamed of themselves."
Franken, in a press conference Monday and over the weekend, said he is "embarrassed" about the allegations against him, but he is staying in office.
"He should be embarrassed, but he should be going somewhere, perhaps home," Huckabee said. "The fact that he isn't, nor is John Conyers, is really changing the entire nature of the debate of the Senate race in Alabama."
In that race, there were many Republicans, as well as Democrats saying candidate Roy Moore needed to step down from his race for the Senate, after several woman claimed he had made sexual advances toward them when they were still teenagers.
"Right now, they're allegations, they're troubling and disgusting and sickening if true," Huckabee said. "We don't know. They were 40 years ago. The stuff with Conyers and Al Franken have admitted to as much and also have happened since they've been in office. Happened recently, and they say we aren't going anywhere."
If the allegations are proven true about Moore, he should step aside from the Senate race, said Huckabee, but he has questions about the timing of the accusation.
"Why wait until after the process just before the general election when it is too late to make any changes?" he said. "The people of Alabama will ultimately make this decision. It's a tough one for them to make.
"But [Democratic candidate] Doug Jones is a person who supports abortion at every level. For most people in Alabama, I would like to think the rest of the country, that's disgusting."
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