Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray announced his resignation late Friday afternoon, effective immediately. Murray said he has been “devastated” by two recent accusations of sexual misconduct and that he is now “unable to focus entirely on serving the good people of Wyoming.” … The resignation offers a dramatic conclusion to a two-month period during which the Cheyenne businessman went from the likely frontrunner to replace Gov. Matt Mead to a private citizen. Murray’s troubles began in mid-December when a woman named Tatiana Maxwell accused him in a public Facebook post of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s when Murray and Maxwell were both working at a Cheyenne law firm. Murray strenuously denied the allegation.
Then in late January, Theresa Sullivan Twiford, the daughter of former Wyoming governor Mike Sullivan, told the Star-Tribune that Murray had forcibly kissed her when she was 18-years-old and babysitting for his family in 1989. Murray said he did not recall the incident, but announced that he would not run for governor or reelection as secretary of state.