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MA Has History of Elected Officials Leaving Early

As Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray conducts his final full week in state government, he finds himself close to joining familiar ranks of several top elected Bay State officials in the not too distant past. Murray, like with recent governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, will not finish his last elected term in office. After this coming Sunday, Murray, a Democrat, will become the new president and CEO of his hometown Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, a decision he announced last week. The decision once again raised questions about whether Gov. Deval Patrick will complete his term own term set to expire in early 2015. Weld, a Republican, left the corner office in the mid-’90s after he was tabbed by President Bill Clinton to be ambassador to Mexico, however he later withdrew his nomination and was never confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Cellucci, also a Republican, didn’t finish his term either after he was confirmed to be President George W. Bush’s ambassador to Canada in 2001. The history of this kind of occurrence in Massachusetts even dates back to the late Republican Gov. John Volpe, who was chosen by President Richard Nixon to be his transportation secretary in 1969 and left two years on his term unfinished. Patrick Griffin, a former GOP consultant and CEO of Manchester, N.H.-based Griffin York & Krause, said these moves could be due to the historical national spotlight being elected in the Bay State can provide. “Politicians in Massachusetts tend to have a great sense of upward political mobility,” Griffin said.  He cited the history of politicians who have run for president from the Bay State, including John F. Kennedy and recent examples of John Kerry and Mitt Romney. Griffin also mentioned the influence of former U.S. House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill. “These were all strong figures,” Griffin said. However, in Murray’s case, getting out before his term ended clearly wasn’t about going places politically with his move to the private sector. Murray may have been a successor for Patrick in 2014, he was involved in an early-morning car accident in a state vehicle in 2011 and has ties to disgraced former Chelsea Housing Authority chief Michael J. McLaughlin, ties that are still under investigation. “Tim Murray is a not viable choice for governor,” Griffin said, adding that he was “damaged goods” in a political sense. Murray said last week he would not rule out a run for higher office in the future. Speaking to reporters last Friday, Patrick said Murray’s departure was not like that of Weld or Cellucci. “This a unique opportunity at a time when it fits in […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm

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