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By Michael Jacobs
Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray announced this week his resignation from his position of seven years, and he will assume leadership at a private business group.
Murray is the first of his position to abdicate since 1985 when Secretary of State John Kerry entered the Senate.
This Wednesday, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce voted to appoint Murray as its president and CEO. He will assume that position next month.
Many are speculating Murray’s departure stems from recent controversy over a much publicized car accident and his ties to disgraced Chelsea Housing Authority chief Michael McLaughlin. Murray said he had not been looking for a new job when the chamber approached him.
“People are going to believe what they want to believe, but to me this is a right fit and a right decision, and I struggled with the idea of leaving early, because there are still items on the punchlist,” Murray said to Boston.com
The chamber of commerce offered him the position last Friday. Worcester’s community shows strong support for Murray, where he served three terms as mayor.
Many in Worcester say Murray’s resignation is a signal of Massachusetts’ continued centering of placing Boston above other MA cities, including Worcester.
“What Tim Murray bumped into is the invisible shield that prevents Worcester political figures from breaking into Boston-based political world,” Lou DiNatale, a democrat based in Worcester, told Boston.com
Murray’s position will lay vacant. In the Massachusetts’ constitution, there is no guide to dealing with the early resignation of Lt. governor, meaning a new one will not come to office until 2015 during the next governor election.