Democratic Mayor Resigns After Admitting To Sexting Relationship With TV Anchor Who Allegedly Posted Nude Photos Of Him And Threatened To Kill Him

Democratic Mayor Resigns After Admitting To Sexting Relationship With TV Anchor Who Allegedly Posted Nude Photos Of Him And Threatened To Kill Him


The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, announced his resignation Tuesday after he admitted to an “inappropriate messaging relationship” with a TV news anchor who reportedly posted nude photos of him online and allegedly threatened to kill him.

“It is with profound sadness and humility that I resign as Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,” Democratic Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said in a statement, according to Alaska’s News Source. “My resignation results from unacceptable personal conduct that has compromised my ability to perform my duties with the focus and trust that is required.”

“I know my conduct has done great injury to my family, my staff, to Municipal employees, and to the people of our community, and for that, I am deeply sorry,” he continued.

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Berkowitz was roiled with controversy after he admitted to a “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship” with local TV anchor Maureen “Maria” Athens, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“I apologize to the people of Anchorage for a major lapse in judgment I made several years ago when I had a consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship with reporter Maria Athens,” Berkowitz wrote in a Monday statement obtained by the local outlet.”I’m embarrassed and ashamed for the

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