Tim Murray to Resign

Multiple sources are saying that Lt. Governor Tim Murray will resign to take a job as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Strike while the iron is hot: the job reportedly pays $200,000, fits his skill set, is near his home, he has small children, and his political career was running out the string.

Murray will be remembered of course for the early morning state vehicle car crash in 2011 and his alleged fund raising connections to disgraced (some one write in, can Mike McLaughlin be disgraced?)  Chelsea Housing chief McLaughlin. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz has reportedly been ready to give McLaughlin a sweet heart deal in exchange for testimony against Murray. Apparently the Chamber isn’t concerned and given the recent inability of prosecutors in this state to convict pols in politics-as-usual cases, perhaps they have reason for comfort. If Ortiz doesn’t get Murray out of the McLaughlin deal, you have to wonder.

Murray is reportedly popular in the Patrick administration. He cheerfully served as a campaign attack dog and handled a lot of the odious patronage dealings (McLaughlin’s son, maybe Sheila Burgess though he denies it) that are an essential part of Beacon Hill relations. In that respect he caught some of the attacks that otherwise might have reached the governor, another important function for the second in command.

I’ll be on with Michael Graham  of the New England Talk Network at 12:15 to discuss the resignation.

About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts.
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