“I am announcing my resignation as mayor, effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow," said Seattle mayor Ed Murray. The Democratic mayor known for his work in gay civil rights resigned because of allegations that he sexually abused five young boys who were under his care. His resignation came after the fifth man, his cousin, came forward.
"While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business," contended Murray.
Murray, who is openly gay, also defended his career in the press release.
“I’m proud of all that I have accomplished over my 19 years in the Legislature, where I was able to pass what were at the time the largest transportation packages in state history, a landmark gay civil rights bill and a historic marriage equality bill.
He also took the opportunity to highlight his other progressive achievements. Those include a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, housing affordability, and police accountability.
“But it has also become clear to me that in light of the latest news reports it is best for the city if I step aside...To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation.
According to the Seattle Times, Murray's cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54, came forward after the stories of four other men were dismissed. He says that when he was 13 years old, Murray molested him for a year while living with their family. Murray is seen below with his partner.
Another victim, Lloyd Anderson, issued a statement on Tuesday: “I feel victory, but saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign. I wonder how many other victims are out there.
Dryer's mother, Maryellen Sottile, told the Seattle Times that her son came forward because he and others deserve justice.
“I want to see him disgraced,” Sottile said. “I don’t want him walking around thinking, `Ha ha, I got away with this all these years.’ No, you didn’t. Your chickens have come home to roost. And I want closure for my son.”
City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will become mayor. According to the statement, he will decide within five days whether to fill out the remainder of the term.
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