However, it is that mayor who’s giving Seattle a new status – as a city governed by an alleged pedophile.
As reported by the Seattle Times:
An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded that Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s, leading state officials to assert that “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future, according to public records obtained by The Seattle Times.
This was just the latest stunner the Seattle Times has published about Murray.
In April they presented interviews with three men who claimed that Murray raped them when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
Murray, of course, strongly denies ever abusing his foster son, and points to the lack of criminal charges against him as evidence of his innocence.
But as the paper states, the newly disclosed records reveal that a Multnomah County prosecutor withdrew a criminal case against Murray because of Simpson’s troubled personality, not because she thought he was lying.
Sexual abuses charges have already prevented Murray from seeking re-election. Nonetheless the city’s politicos remain surprisingly divided on whether Murray, who as stated is forever disqualified from again becoming a foster parent, is somehow qualified to remain as the city’s top elected official.
The arguments that favor Murray remaining mayor are, frankly, incredible – especially those that come from Council President Bruce Harrell who, interestingly enough, would be acting mayor should Murray suddenly find the good grace to resign.
Harrell is quoted as basically stating that as long as Murray shows up for work, he is entitled to keep his job, regardless of the horrific findings of the Portland prosecutors: “If I see examples of him abdicating his responsibilities, not working hard, and not making sure a smooth transition occurs, I would ask for his resignation. But I have no basis to believe that at all today.”
Even more incredibly, it has been reported by KOMOnews.com that Harrell is arguing “no one should have to be judged today for what he or she did decades ago.”
The mayor may be shameless enough to remain in office and have enough allies in the city council to not be impeached, but Washington does allow its citizens to have recall elections.
It’s hard to imagine any politician most deserving of being recalled by the people than Ed Murray.
[Note: This article was written by dk]