Massachusetts: Lieutenant Governor to Resign

Published: May 22, 2013

The lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy P. Murray, said on Wednesday that he would resign on June 2, a move that surprised the political establishment there. Mr. Murray, who has played a prominent role in the administration of Gov. Deval Patrick since 2007, was once considered likely to try to succeed his boss, but his public image suffered from an early-morning accident in 2011 in which he crashed a state-owned car, and from a current state inquiry into campaign fund-raising done on his behalf by a public housing official, Michael McLaughlin, who this year pleaded guilty to federal charges. Mr. Murray is taking a new job leading the chamber of commerce in Worcester, Mass., where he was mayor from 2002 to 2007.