Sen. Patty Murray, D-Was., donated the maximum allowed campaign contribution to Seattle's recently resigned mayor Ed Murray, according to a new report.
The mayor resigned on Tuesday after battling months of allegations regarding sexual abuse. Five men, including his own cousin, have come forward to accuse Murray of abusing them sexually as teenagers in the 1970's. In 1984, Oregon Child Protective Services determined after an investigation that Murray sexually abused his foster son.
The former mayor maintains his innocence but says he resigned so as not to impede "the ability of our city government to conduct the public's business."
According to a report by Brent Scher in the Washington Free Beacon, former Mayor Murray and Sen. Murray have both donated to each other's campaigns in recent years.
Here's what Scher reported:
Sen. Murray, yet to comment on the mayor's resignation, helped put him in office, contributing the maximum allowed $700 to his 2013 mayoral campaign through her leadership PAC, according to local campaign finance records.
The contributions went in both directions.
In 2010, Ed Murray, as a member of the Washington state legislature, contributed $500 to Patty Murray's re-election efforts. In 2015, as Seattle's mayor, he gave another $500.
Though allegations against former Mayor Murray have played out publicly for months, the senator does not appear to have spoken out on the question at all.
Sen. Murray has been a vocal supporter of sexual assault survivors throughout her time in Congress and it would be absurd to question the sincerity of her dedication to the cause. Yet it's worth wondering why she's remained silent on the credible, and abhorrent, accusations that have rocked her own state's largest city.
Just this summer, Murray tweeted: "Sexual assault survivors should be believed." After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered remarks last week indicating she was seeking an improved way to guide universities in investigating allegations of sexual assault, Murray released a statement demanding DeVos "encourage schools and universities to take complaints seriously," arguing in favor of the Obama administration's low "preponderance of the evidence" standard.
Murray did not respond to the Free Beacon's inquires as to whether she would return the money from Seattle's former mayor. It's in Murray's interest to speak out soon lest she risk more questions being raised about why a politician who's been vocal about the need to take allegations of sexual assault seriously would remain silent for so long on the allegations against her state's most influential mayor.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.