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Mass. Lt. Gov. Murray resigns

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray announced his resignation Wednesday.

At a press conference just before 2 p.m. Murray said he was leaving the Lt. Gov. seat to become the President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Murray said that he was not actively pursuing another job when he was approached to head the chamber of commerce.

"I wasn't seeking the position. This is something that came to me," Murray said.

The chamber first contacted him about the position about a month ago, Murray said, but he initially was not interested because he intended to complete his second term, which ends in January 2015.

He said he later decided, however, that the opportunity would be a good one professionally and for his family, and realized the job would not still be available after he leaves office.

Murray said he will leave the post June 2 and will start the new job June 3.

There are currently no plans to replace Murray, FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti reported. Secretary of State William Galvin would become the next in line to the governor's office following Murray's departure, and will serve as the state's acting governor when Patrick is traveling.

Last year, Murray had become embroiled in a controversy over his relationship with former Chelsea Housing Authority Chief Michael McLaughlin.

In September 2012, the Office of Campaign and Political Finance sent a letter to the Attorney General, suggesting Murray broke campaign finance law by accepting donations from a public employee. That employee was Michael McLaughlin, his friend and former head of the Chelsea Housing Authority, who is now charged with knowingly concealing his inflated $324,000-a-year salary.

Murray repeatedly stated that the controversy didn't have anything to do with his decision to resign.

 

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