Sexual allegations sink Seattle mayor
We all reach a point of no return and the Mayor of Seattle proved this yesterday when he finally resigned following a near lifetime of allegations of sexual abuse.
The openly gay mayor left office late yesterday afternoon after months of allegations and accusations that he committed child sexual abuse in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Murray has denied all wrongdoing, although a family member that came forth recently finally sank the mayor.
He is, of course a Democrat who championed the state’s same sex marriage law.
He has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
“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,” Murray, 62, said in a written statement.
“To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation,“Murray said.
Murray served in elected public office in Washington State for two decades – first in the legislature and then as mayor of Seattle.
In April, a 46-year-old man sued Murray, claiming Murray paid the man for sex with him and other boys when he was a homeless, drug-addicted teenager in the 1980s, though the lawsuit was later dropped.
The Seattle Times newspaper reported at the time that two other men had previously accused Murray of abusing them when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
In July, the paper reported that a child welfare report filed with the state of Oregon said Murray sexually abused his teenage foster son in the 1980s.
The mayor has vehemently denied all of those accusations, at times suggesting that they were politically motivated, and refused repeated calls to step down, but in May said he would not seek re-election. His resignation announcement came hours after a younger cousin, Joseph Dyer, told the Seattle Times in a story published on Tuesday that Murray molested him repeatedly when he was a teenager in the 1970s.
Dyer said that Murray was also accused of abusing a boy at the Catholic group home where he worked, but was not prosecuted after agreeing to leave town.