Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after new allegation of sexual abuse

14 September, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth man pins shocking sex abuse allegations on him

Ed Murray has made a decision to call it quits and resign as Mayor of Seattle, effective tomorrow evening at 5 PM, having evidently concluded that attempting to serve out the remainder of his term is no longer remotely feasible now that a fifth man has stepped forward to allege that Murray sexually abused him years ago.

The resignation occurred shortly after a younger cousin was publicly accusing Murray, 62, of molesting him in NY in the 1970s.

In his story, Dyer also claimed another young boy was abused by Murray at a Catholic group where he worked at the time.

In a written statement that was issued to the press after he resigned, Murray denied any wrongdoing and said he was resigning to prevent his personal issues from interfering with the service delivery of the city government to the public. Jenny Durkan, a lesbian who is a former federal prosecutor, and Cary Moon, an urban planner, emerged as the top two candidates in a nonpartisan primary last month and will be on the November 7 ballot.

Jeff Simpson accused Murray of abusing him while the mayor was a counselor in Portland, claiming it continued while he was living with Murray. Filed a tort claim against the city of Seattle in July 2017.

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"I wonder how many other victims are out there", Anderson said, according to a statement obtained by the Times.

"I believe when someone endorses, they're saying who they believe has the best qualifications to be mayor". Before Tuesday, she and M. Lorena González were the only council members to call on the mayor to resign. The mayor said the latest allegations are a product of years of fighting between the Sottiles and Murrays. "I'm very proud that many, numerous previous mayors have endorsed me", Durkan said.

As mayor, he pushed to raise the city's minimum hourly wage to $15.

I commend all individuals and organizations - including Danni Askini of the Gender Justice League, the City of Seattle's LGBTQ Commission and Human Rights Commission, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), and Councilmember Gonzalez - who showed courage and leadership in calling on Murray to resign. He said Murray lived with them in Medford, NY, for about a year in the mid-1970s.

Moon, an urban planner, said the mayor had become a distraction and a detriment to the city and that's why she called for him to resign in May. The openly gay Democrat had previously been in the Washington Legislature. "I don't know. But this definitely - this is a major step in the right direction".

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