Lawmakers react to Murray's decision to resign
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Amid the recent announcement of Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray’s resignation, state leaders looked back at the controversy that engulfed his term, including a stint in court and reckless driving records.
Last year Murray was questioned under oath about his involvement in the Chelsea Housing scandal. State officials investigated as to whether Murray accepted improper campaign donations from the Director of the Chelsea Housing Authority, Michael Mclaughlin.
In 2011, Murray totaled his state-issued SUV in an early-morning crash in Sterling. Officials said he was driving nearly 100 miles per hour without a seat belt and may have fallen asleep behind the wheel right before the crash.
Murray told reporters he left his house to survey storm damage, but many questioned as to whether he was really coming from his house and why he was not given a breathalyzer on the scene by officers responding to the accident.
Since his run-in with controversy, Murray has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle. Many have wondered whether he would be a political liability.
Senator Bob Hedlund (R) said since Murray is not running for governor, his sudden departure from his position is not shocking.
“I think based on the previous question about some of the problems the Lieutenant Governor’s had, and he’s made it clear, he’s not running for governor. So in that sense, in that context, it’s not surprising,” said Hedlund.
But some representatives say the opposite. Senator Harriette Chandler (D) said she still believes Murray would be a good fit for Massachusetts politics.
“I think he’s still effective and I think he would continue to be effective,” said Chandler.
Murray is expected to resign Wednesday afternoon.