Lieutenant Governor Murray to officially resign June 2
BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH)-- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced he was leaving the Patrick administration to take the position as CEO and President of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
“Today I am announcing an ending and a beginning. I have accepted an offer to serve as President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce,” said Murray.
His departure came as he fought off multiple controversies, including his association with the disgraced former Chelsea House Authority Director, Michael McLaughlin, allegations of illegal campaign contributions and a bizarre car crash in which he totaled his state-issued SUV while driving 100 mph.
Murray assured the crowd his political problems were not the reason he was leaving.
“It had nothing to do with this decision. This is a unique opportunity, it’s a special opportunity, it’s one that’s not going to be there in January of 2015,” said Murray.
But some are skeptical whether these statements are true. House Minority leader Rep. Bradley Jones (R) said the controversies have got to play at least a small part.
“I think there’s at least one part of this that’s got a foot in some of the ongoing issues that the Lieutenant Governor experienced from the car crash to the McLaughlin case,” said Jones.
Lieutenant Governor Murray’s resignation will take affect at the end of the day on June 2nd and he will begin his new job June 3rd.