Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday he will not seek a second term next fall, a stunning turnaround from last month, when he was poised to stroll to an easy reelection.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is surrounded and embraced by supporters, some in tears, after reading a statement saying that he is dropping his re-election bid for a second term Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Seattle.
In a tweet, Murray said: "Serving you as mayor of the city I love has been the honor of a lifetime".
KOMO News reports Murray will announce that he won't run again.
"For him to sit there and lie, (it) just really let me know that this man should not be in the position he's in", Heckard said in the video.
Seattle's Democrat mayor has maintained his innocence regarding child sexual abuse allegations by four men, one of whom has filed a lawsuit against Murray and one who was Murray's foster son for two years, The Seattle Times reported.
Another man has also come forward accusing Murray of paying him for sex when he was a teenager, according to a declaration filed in the earlier case.
Murray has repeatedly denied the claims, arguing that the suit is politically motivated.
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"The campaign attacked the accusers, attacked the media, increased attention on the story with their pugilistic tone, and generally made Ed look not fit to be mayor", Wyble said.
In a press conference at Alki Beach Boathouse, Murray listed his accomplishments as a state legislator and mayor before reiterating his denials of the allegations.
Other names floating around include former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and City Councilor Bruce Harrell. But the scandal surrounding them and me is hurting this city.it hurts those who have been victims of abuse, it hurts my family, it hurts Michael (his husband).
Almost a dozen mayoral candidates have announced their plans to become the city's 54th mayor, including the man whom Murray beat in 2013, then-incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn. "It hurts Michael. For these reasons, I am announcing that I am withdrawing as a candidate for mayor", Murray said.
Back-and-forths such as that - along with exaggerated claims by Heckard's attorney that led to a $5,000 ethics violation fine against him, and Murray's suggestion that because his accusers had criminal records they weren't to be believed - led the Seattle Times and a Seattle alt-weekly, the Stranger, to urge Murray to finish his term and leave office.
He added he was proud of the progress he helped make on issues, including on issues like affordable housing, civil rights, raising the minimum wage, and transit.
Murray has been a progressive political activist, champion of gay rights and self-described "social justice Catholic" in Seattle since the 1980s. He would later serve as campaign manager for Cal Anderson, a Seattle state senator who was the Legislature's first openly gay member.
Murray failed in his bid to win Anderson's seat when Anderson died in 1995, but he was appointed to fill the legislative seat of the state representative who won the state senate campaign.
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