Seattle mayor resigns in wake of new sexual abuse allegations

Emmett Rice
September 14, 2017

Mayor of Seattle Ed Murray announced his resignation on Tuesday, to be effective from Wednesday 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT), following accusations of sexual abuse from five men, including a younger cousin of Murray. That prompted OR child-welfare officials to conclude Murray should never again be a foster parent. Durkan had not been among them until Dyer's accusations were publicized today.

As chairman, Murray pushed to raise the city's base time-based compensation to $15. Murray resigned hours later. "I have had enough, '" he said, as quoted by the Seattle Times.

Murray's resignation came shortly after the Seattle Times reported Tuesday that Joseph Dyer, 54, Murray's first cousin accused the mayor of repeatedly molesting him when he was 13 years old.

"I will continue to be the mayor of this city". We pin our hopes on our leaders and one of the most hard stigmas and stereotypes that held us back is being reinforced today. Murray has denied all allegations and said that this is part of a plot to bring him down due to his progressive views and stance on gay rights, and the latest allegation is from an estranged member of his family. He attributed the latest claims to bad blood between two estranged wings of the family.

Although Murray ended his re-election bid, the Seattle Times reports that the dismissal of the case could see him run as a write-in candidate.

Moon said she stood up for Seattleites, especially for those who are sex abuse victims.

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He had retained support for finishing out his term from a majority of the City Council and four former mayors.

"I mean, at least the public knows that everything I was saying was the truth, right?" he said.

The mayor's resignation may mean some unsteadiness in the next couple months, but the city will be better off without a disgraced, distracted leader.

Additional allegations against Murray surfaced earlier in the year when Delvonn Heckard filed a lawsuit in early April against the mayor for abusing him when he was a teenager in 1986.

During his 18 years as a state lawmaker, Murray was the prime sponsor of Washington's gay marriage law, spearheaded an effort to protect LGBTQ youth in public schools and led the state's push to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

She added, "Survivors of sexual assault must be believed and treated with respect".

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