Amid Sexual Allegations, Wyoming Secretary of State Ends 2018 Hopes

A second woman has accused Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray of sexual misconduct. Theresa Sullivan Twiford said that nearly 30 years ago, when she was 18 years old and babysitting for the Murray family, Ed Murray forcibly kissed her in front of his house.

A second woman has accused Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray of sexual misconduct. Theresa Sullivan Twiford said that nearly 30 years ago, when she was 18 years old and babysitting for the Murray family, Ed Murray forcibly kissed her in front of his house.

Murray said in a statement Tuesday that he did not remember the night in question and declined to directly address the allegation. He also announced that he would not run for reelection or enter the governor's race this year, where he was widely predicted to be a front-runner.

"To be certain, I have absolutely no recollection of this incident whatsoever and, as such, will not engage in any conjecture about it in the media," Murray said.

Twiford, the daughter of former Wyoming governor Mike Sullivan, decided to share her experience following the allegation made last month by a Colorado woman. The woman, Tatiana Maxwell, said that Murray sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s. Murray has denied that claim.

Caroline Cournoyer is GOVERNING's senior web editor.
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