Seattle mayor accuser: Resignation is long overdue

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

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

I just think it is so sad to see it end this way and also sad that we have out there, potentially, these victims who have come forward and whose pain also needs to be addressed".

Murray tried to remind the city of his accomplishments.

During his time in office, Murray promoted a number of progressive causes, including defending Seattle's sanctuary city status, launching a campaign to push the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, fighting for same-sex marriage, and vociferously opposing President Donald Trump's immigration policies. "I'm very proud that many, numerous previous mayors have endorsed me", Durkan said.

Politician and mayoral candidate, Jenny Durkan, endorsed Murray's decision to resign from his position, while questioning his background.

Several public officials have been calling for Murray's resignation for several months.

Dyer purportedly said the occurrences happened when he was 13, while Murray, who was then in his mid 20s, imparted a room to Dyer in his mom's Long Island home.

Durkan, a former US attorney, said her campaign shouldn't be tainted by Murray's endorsement of her candidacy and the allegations against him, adding that she has a squeaky clean background and vowing that there would be no scandals if she is elected mayor.

But his remaining support deteriorated after the latest allegations emerged Tuesday.

In a tweet on Tuesday, he wondered why it took five allegations of sexual abuse before Seattle mayor Ed Murray resigned.

Greg Nickels was Seattle's 51st mayor, between 2002 and 2010.

Mr Dyer, now a married father, told The Seattle Times: "There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn't want him touching me". "I don't know what else anybody needs to show that... the mayor you elected is a child molester".

"The City must focus on governance and day-to-day business without distraction", Harrell said. "I have a plan in place for a seamless transition in order for City operations to continue at the highest standard".

"I did not sexually abuse any of her [Maryellen Sottile's] children", Murray said. And I think he got some great things done. The openly gay Democrat had previously been in the Washington Legislature.

Moon reiterated her stance Tuesday, saying the mayor's response to the allegations had been "deeply inappropriate and harmful, especially to survivors, LGBTQ people and young people everywhere". He was also accused of sexual assault in 1984, but charges were not filed.

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