Having called off plans to run for another office, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray plans to resign with 19 months left on his four year term and take a job closer to his Worcester home.
According to a source within the Patrick administration, Murray plans to become the next executive director of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, contingent on a vote of the chamber’s board at noon Wednesday. If affirmed, Murray will earn more than $200,000 in his new job.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, walks with Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick into the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013. Cameron met with Patrick to offer his condolences and discuss lessons that can be learned from the Boston Marathon attacks.
Update, 10:03 a.m., 05/14/2013: several candidates, including Althea Garrison, have decided against running.
It’s a coincidence, but also a great metaphor – an enormous white circus tent set up on City Hall Plaza. The scrambling and crowds aren’t just appearing inside the tent. Next door, City Hall is buzzing with election activity – there are 24 people who’ve applied to run for mayor, 23 still in the race.
Gov. Deval Patrick says even if the Boston Police had known about FBI inquiries into it wouldn’t have been enough to stop the bombing:
"Having been briefed thoroughly on the investigation, and, I believe, on the intelligence, I don't think it was enough, I think the term is, to be actionable," he said. "But obviously, we wish we had known."
Patrick was interviewed on WGBH Radio just hours after Davis’ testimony.
Patrick said information sharing between Russia and the United States has gotten a lot better since the bombings.
House Energy and Power subcommittee member Rep. EdMarkey, D-Mass., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, during the subcommittee's hearing on American Jobs Now: A legislative hearing on H.R. 3548, the North American Energy Access Act
The backdrop to the day was TD Garden, where Northeastern University held its commencement. As 20,000 people clapped and roared, Gov. Deval Patrick conferred an honorary degree on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis for his handling of the marathon bombings investigation.
"Your extraordinarily united efforts made possible an investigation that moved with astonishing speed and focus, to identify the suspects, enabling millions to to feel of us to feel safer in our daily lives," Patrick said.