One of the most liberal mayors in the country, and a rising star for Democrats, is resigning his office effective immediately, the Seattle Times is reporting.
Ed Murray has been the mayor of Seattle since 2014. He has passed some of the most progressive laws in the country, including raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15. He endorsed and campaigned with Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Murray will resign in disgrace as rampant allegations of sexual abuse tarnish his mayorship. Ed Murray faces a disturbing number of sexual abuse accusations from family members, former roommates, and prostitutes. The accusations involve non-consensual and paid-for sex by Murray.
The accuser is now number five in total and each has a similar story of abuse.
According to a thorough report by the Seattle Times:
Jeff Simpson says he was 13 when Murray began abusing him, after Murray was his counselor at a Portland children’s center. The abuse continued, Simpson said, when he lived with Murray as his foster son for about a year, with Murray sometimes paying him for sex.
Simpson reported the alleged abuse in 1984, after being removed from Murray’s home.
Murray was not criminally charged, but an Oregon Child Protective Services’ investigator found Murray had sexually abused Simpson. That prompted Oregon child-welfare officials to conclude Murray should never again be a foster parent.
Lloyd Anderson, another man who met Murray in Portland as a boy, has backed Simpson’s allegations, and said Murray also paid him for sex when Anderson was a teenager.
Their allegations surfaced in April, when Delvonn Heckard, 46, of Kent, filed a lawsuit saying Murray “raped and molested” him in the 1980s when Heckard was a drug-addicted teen. He later withdrew the lawsuit, but has filed a claim for damages against the city of Seattle.
A friend of Heckard’s, Maurice Lavon Jones, 44, of Seattle, also claimed Murray paid him for sex when he was a crack-addicted teenage prostitute living on the streets in the 1980s.
The Seattle Times also describes the mayor's latest accuser:
Joseph Dyer, 54, a dialysis technician and Air Force veteran, says he was 13 when Murray forced him into sex for about a year while the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home in the Long Island town of Medford, New York.
“There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn’t want him touching me,” Dyer, a married father who now lives in another state, recalled during an interview with The Seattle Times.
“And that’s when he would molest me. And my mother would be right there in the house, she’d be in the living room … watching TV, at that time it was probably “M*A*S*H.” And my sisters would be in their rooms, sleeping. And I would be in my room, and he would be in there, molesting me.”
The resignation comes as the fifth accuser, the cousin of the mayor, emerged. The resignation takes place effective 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports.