Seattle Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 22: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray speaks at a rally during the March for Science begins with a rally featuring speakers and events at Cal Anderson Park on April 22, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Participants were advocating for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
Hannah Bleau

This just in.

Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray has resigned after a fifth person came forward and accused him of sexual abuse.

The fifth accuser– who happens to be Murray’s cousin– claims Murray molested him back in the ’70s.

Murray, 62, announced Tuesday that he will step down effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.

 

The mayor had already said that he wouldn’t seek a second term.

 

Accuser Joseph Dyer, who is a dialysis technician and Air Force veteran, says the molestation occurred in New York when he was a teen, according to The Seattle Times.

 

The 54-year-old Dyer — Murray’s first cousin once removed — told the newspaper that he wants the mayor punished for the alleged actions, saying, “I have had enough. … Something has got to be done.”

 

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

Here’s Murray’s full statement:

“I am announcing my resignation as mayor, effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

“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.

 

“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.

 

“And I am proud of what we have accomplished together at the City during my time as mayor, passing a nation-leading $15 minimum wage, and major progressive housing affordability and police accountability legislation, as well as negotiating an agreement to build a world-class arena that I believe in time will bring the NHL and NBA to Seattle.

 

“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.

 

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

Seattle is still going to suck. That’s just my hunch.