“The allegations against me paint me in the worst possible historic portraits of a gay man. The allegations against me are not true, and I say this with all honesty and with the deepest sincerity. But the scandal surrounding them and me is hurting this city,” Ed Murray, Seattle’s Mayor, said as he announced on Tuesday that he will not run for re-election for a second term because of allegations that he sexually abused minors thirty years ago.
Ed Murray is a skilled, a rough-and-tumble kind of politician and it was assumed he would flawlessly win the re-election this year.
Just like any other political tactic, he was sued not more than a month ago by Delvonn Heckard, 46, who says back in the ’80s, Murray paid him for sex when Heckard was a then minor.
The lawsuit contains more claims made by other men a decade ago, but Murray, 62, forcible denied of the allegations against him. There were certain anatomical evidence offered by his accuser but Murray had a medical practitioner contradict the said evidence.
It’s unfortunate to end to the political career of a man who pushed through civil unions in the state legislature, and then became Seattle’s first mayor in a same-sex marriage.
Murray gave up on seeking a second term and made the announcement last Tuesday.
“The gay community is really concerned about how this applies to them — especially gay men. Because of course the conservative critique of gay men in caricature for many, many years was that they’re all pedophiles,” political analyst Geov Parrish says.
On the other side, Seattle’s liberal political establishment had turned its back on Murray mostly because of the aggressive way he attacked the credibility of his accusers, who have criminal records, as many saw it as “blaming the victim.”
Parrish says if these claims does not rule out to be true, it’ll be very sad that they were enough to end Murray’s political career.