Just when we think we’ve seen enough scandals from the Democratic party, another one always seems to be right around the corner. Even so, few scandals are as astonishing and disgusting as this mayor who has been caught in a child sex scandal dating back in the 1980s, as well as his horrific excuse for his behavior.
In response to re-discovered records indicating that he sexually abused his foster son among other minors, the mayor of Seattle thinks it shouldn’t matter anymore. A city council member said, “We just don’t know. And I would ask that I don’t want to be judged for anything 33 years ago. And I would challenge each of you to think about where you were 33 years ago. The question is – are you doing your job today, right now?” (via Komo News)
Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle, the third most liberal city in America, stands accused of sexually abusing his foster son 33 years ago, in 1984. Not only that, two other men have come forward, all claiming they were abused as teenagers.
His foster son came forward to say that Murray “began sexually abusing him as a 13-year-old and later paid him for sex.” Another man who was molested by the mayor as a teenager issued a lawsuit against the elected official. He claims he was abused numerous times when he was addicted to cocaine, getting paid $10 and $20 for each occasion.
“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” he said. He describes how he has been dealing with the “shame, embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.” (via Washington Post)
Although Murray decided that he would not run for re-election, many people are calling for the mayor to step down from office in response to these crimes.
Some people disagree, believing that the crimes took place too far in the past to matter. Council President Bruce Harrell claimed that since Murray is doing his job, he should stay, saying, “It’s been my impression that the mayor has been showing up for his job every single day.” He continued, “I would ask that I don’t want to be judged for anything 33 years ago. And I would challenge each of you to think about where you were 33 years ago.” (via Komo News)
Mayor Murray is accused of sexually abusing boys over 30 years ago. Should he resign?
Harrell is wrong in believing that the crimes Murray committed 33 years ago should stay in the past. No victim of a crime, and in this case, sexual abuse, should be told that the crime committed against them is no longer worthy of investigation simply because of a time constraint.
That anyone would be okay with tolerating a man who sexually abused several boys, and allowing him to finish out his term as mayor is astonishing. When someone takes advantage of the vulnerable, we should all come to the defense of those victims, no matter how much time has passed since the crime was committed.
Let’s just hope that the lawsuit will proceed promptly and this man will be brought to justice for the crimes he committed.