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Murray had close ties to ex-Chelsea housing official

Lieutenant governor, housing chief called each other more than 80 times in 7 months

Governor Deval Patrick was so furious over the Chelsea Housing director’s extraordinary $360,000 salary that he called for Michael E. McLaughlin’s immediate resignation and launched a state takeover of the entire agency.

But Patrick’s second in command, Timothy P. Murray, has remained publicly silent about the alleged abuse of housing money for more than two weeks even though he has often advocated for public housing. McLaughlin once called him “the best friend public housing has ever had.’’

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