Breaking: Leading Dem Resigns Hours After Male Youth Victim Comes Forward

Embattled Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who has fought charges that he had raped and molested young men earlier in his life, announced Tuesday that he was stepping down from his position after one of his cousins came forward and alleged Murray raped him back when he was 13 and Murray was in his early 20s.

According to the Washington Examiner, Murray’s cousin becomes the fifth person to come forward with allegations against Murray, who is openly gay.

“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. The resignation will take effect Wednesday.

The latest alleged victim to come forward was 54-year-old Joseph Dyer, a cousin of Murray’s who said that Murray would force him to have sex while the two shared a bedroom at Dyer’s mother’s house in New York.

“There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn’t want him touching me,” Dyer, a married dialysis technician and veteran, told 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.”

Before the allegations of sexual abuse came out earlier this year, Murray was considered a rising star in the Democrat Party, particularly being the openly gay mayor of one of the most progressive cities in America. However, after a lawsuit against Murray made public the allegations against him, it was revealed that the Seattle Times had information that Murray had been accused of molesting troubled minors all the way back in 2008, when Murray was a state legislator, and had decided not to publish them.

Even though Murray had suspended his run for a second term this fall, The Washington Post reported that the mayor had been seen as mostly weathering the storm before the latest allegations. There had even been intimations from the mayor that he would run as a write-in candidate.

For his part, Murray blamed the allegations on  “numerous fights between our two families for many years, and much ugliness. I guess they see me down and out, and they want to finish me off.”

There’s always some excuse from Murray to impugn the character of those who are accusing him. During the first few allegations, Murray tried to pass it off as the false accusations of a few troubled individuals. Now, it’s a family dispute. All of these flimsy excuses just serve to highlight the fact that Murray has mostly gotten a pass from the media and fellow Democrats despite the fact he stands accused of one of the most heinous crimes a human being can commit — child molestation.

Ed Murray should have resigned a long time ago. In fact, Murray should have never been mayor in the first place. Due to the statue of limitations, it’s highly unlikely he’ll end up behind bars unless more recent allegations appear. However, the disgraced mayor needs to step out of the public spotlight for good. Unless, of course, it involves a court case.

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Source: Breaking: Leading Dem Resigns Hours After Male Youth Victim Comes Forward

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