Wyoming Secretary of State faces second misconduct claim
Cheyenne, WY. – On Tuesday, Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray announced that he would not seek a second term, now that an accusation of misconduct has surfaced from a second woman.
Theresa Sullivan Twiford, the daughter of former Wyoming Governor, Mike Sullivan, has come forward accusing Murray of forcibly kissing her when she was 18 years old.
Twiford gave details of the incident, saying that Murray kissed her in front of his home New Year’s Eve 1988, after she had been babysitting for the family.
Twiford, who now lives and works in Virginia, says she is not politically motivated in making her accusation public, and that she “may have been more likely to report it up at the time if I hadn’t come from a political family.”
Murray released a statement claiming that he had “absolutely no recollection of this incident”.
In December the first woman to come forward, Tatiana Maxwell, alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Murray 35 years ago, in the reception area of a Cheyenne law firm where they both worked.
Murray released a statement at that time, in response to Maxwell’s claim, stating that he was “shocked and appalled to read Ms. Maxwell’s statement”, and said “it was a baseless claim about an encounter from thirty-five years ago and is unequivocally false”.
Following the accusations, Murray has also stated that he will no longer consider a run for Governor this year.