After spending months in denial, and refusing to step down and not run again, the Mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, has cried ‘UNCLE’ after the 5th child abuse accusation comes out!
He would have been wise to walk away months ago.
The new allegation is that he had sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York.
The SeattleTimes explains:
Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“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 said in a statement, adding he was proud of his accomplishments while in office.
The mayor stayed in his office Tuesday and didn’t address his staff at large before his resignation announcement, according to a source. Pizza was seen being delivered to his staff on the seventh floor of City Hall.
City Council President Bruce Harrell will temporarily serve as mayor and will decide within five days whether to fill out the remainder of Murray’s term. If he decides against it, the council would pick another of its members to serve as mayor until the Nov. 7 election results are certified.
In a statement, Harrell said, “my heart goes out” to survivors of sexual abuse due to “the re-traumatization these allegations have caused…
“These accusations are unspeakable and require the utmost attention from our legal and social service system no matter how long ago they might have occurred.”
Harrell added the city “must focus on governance and day-to-day business without distraction,” saying he has a plan in place for a “seamless transition.”
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant attacked her fellow council peeps for not acting to push Murray from office sooner.
“Unfortunately, the majority of the City Council failed to show any such leadership,” she said.
Murray, a former Democratic state legislator, has repeatedly denied that he sexually abused anyone. He has continued to contend that the accusations were part of a political conspiracy.
Murray has stated that it was for his progressive politics and record as a gay-rights champion. He attributed the latest claims to bad blood between two estranged wings of the family. In other-words, like most liberals, someone else is to blame. (See Hillary’s new book!)
Another accuser, Jeff Simpson, a former foster son of Murray’s who claims Murray began abusing him at age 13, said of the resignation: “I couldn’t believe it. I was like, you know what? God is good. When you’re doing the right thing and don’t quit before the miracle, God takes care of stuff. It’s just on his time.”
Simpson met Murray while growing up in a Portland group home for troubled children in the late 1970s. He tried to bring attention to his allegation in 2008, when Murray was in the Legislature,. His account was never publicly reported.
A third accuser, Lloyd Anderson, who also met Murray in the Portland group home, issued a statement through his lawyer.
“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?” said Anderson, who has alleged he was paid for sex as a teenager by Murray in the 1980s in Portland.