We recently told you about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who is accused of sexually abusing a teen boy. He just dropped his bid for re-election over the scandal.
Seattle mayor Ed Murray drops re-election bid amid sexual abuse claim scandal
Ed Murray, who denies sexual abuse allegations against him, withdrew Tuesday from the Seattle mayor’s race, saying the campaign should be focused on issues, not scandal.
In April, Murray was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenage boy about 30 years ago.
Murray, who was elected in 2014 after 18 years as a state lawmaker, said, “The allegations against me are not true. But the scandal surrounding them and me is hurting this city.”
He told reporters the race should be about issues such as homelessness, the city’s growth and livability, and on equitability and affordability.
“The mayor’s race must be focused on these issues, not on a scandal, which it would be focused on if I were to remain in this race.”
The mayor was accused in a lawsuit by Delvonn Heckard, now 46, who said the mayor “repeatedly raped” him when he was a 15-year-old boy and the mayor was 32. Heckard says Murray, now 62, also paid him for sexual acts.
The irony is that Democrats in Seattle probably would have voted for him anyway.