Mayor Ed Murray resigns in wake of a fifth sex abuse claim

Murray speaks during a rally at the beginning of the March For Science in Seattle Washington

Seattle's mayor announced his resignation Tuesday following multiple allegations of sexual abuse dating back decades, with the most recent accusation coming from a cousin.

"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 announcing his resignation.

Murray denies the claims, but said that he was afraid the claims could impact city business.

Murray's resignation will take effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Born in Aberdeen and a graduate of Lacey's Timberline High School, Murray climbed through the political ranks after he was appointed to fill a vacant state House seat in 1995.

The declaration states that Murray molested Dyer over the course of a year.

"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 said.

The Seattle Times broke a story today that one of Murray's cousins alleged the mayor had engaged him in an unwilling sexual relationship when they were both teenagers in NY.

As mayor he pushed to raise the city's minimum hourly wage to $15. The Seattle Times broke the story shortly after 11 a.m. when Murray was expected to announce a plan for KeyArena. "To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation". "I will continue to lead the progressive agenda of equity and prosperity and social justice that we've made the heart of it".

"News reports show Murray standing at the publicly owned mayoral podium, with his husband (a Seattle employee) by his side on the taxpayer (sic) time, declaring "vindication" in relation to Mr. Heckard's private lawsuit claims and continuing to slander the lawyers and other victims...", said Dyer.

Murray denies the accusation, attributing it to a longstanding family schism.

"In the interest of an orderly transition of power, Council President Bruce Harrell will become Mayor upon my resignation, and will decide within the following five days whether he will fill out the remainder of my term".

"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. During this time Director of Operations Fred Podesta has been tasked with leading the transition".



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