(Wyo)-Wyo Sec Of State Resigns Over Decades-Old Sexual Misconduct Claims
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray resigned Friday in the wake of accusations by two women of sexual misconduct decades ago.
Murray, a Republican who was elected in 2014 and had been considering a run for governor this year, issued a statement saying he was stepping down with "peace and serenity" to focus on his marriage, family and health.
Murray was accused by one woman of sexually attacking her more than 35 years ago and by another woman, his family's one-time babysitter, of forcibly kissing her in front of his house after he and his wife came home on New Year's Eve in 1988. Murray denied the first accusation and said he didn't recall the second incident.
Gov. Matt Mead will appoint a successor to serve the remainder of Murray's term, which ends next January. That appointee could choose to run for the 4-year term in this year's election.
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