The resignation comes amid campaign finance allegations, with WBZ-TV reporting in February that Murray continued to raise campaign funds despite deciding not to run to succeed Governor Deval Patrick in 2014. At the time Murray said he may be a candidate in the future, noting he "will continue to be politically active over the next couple of years."
Questions have also surrounded a 2011 early-morning car crash in a state vehicle, and Murray’s connection to Michael McLaughlin, who pleaded guilty to four felony counts of understating his annual salary by about $140,000 while working as the director of the Chelsea Holding Authority.
The Boston Globe reports that Murray was well-liked within the administration, which actively helped him find a job in the private sector.
Murray, a former mayor of Worcester, will reportedly be paid $200,000 per year in his new position there, up from $125,000 in office. The state constitution does not provide for an appointment to replace Murray, meaning Gov. Patrick will operate without a lieutenant governor until his term expires in January 2015. Secretary of State William F. Galvin will serve as acting governor when Patrick is out of state.
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