Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, who had been raising money and laying the groundwork for a run for governor but faced tough political questions, said Friday that he will not seek the corner office in 2014.
“As I contemplate the commitment required over the next 20 months (and the following four years as Governor) and weigh that against my obligations and responsibilities to my young family, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in the 2014 election cycle,” he said in an e-mail to supporters. “Nor will I be a candidate for any other statewide office in 2014.”
“This decision is not arrived at lightly and comes only after a great deal of reflection and numerous conversations with my wife, family, and friends,” the Democrat said.
The announcement was a surprise, given that Murray had raised $447,000 in 2012, more than any other candidates with fundraising accounts at the state level.
As recently as November, Murray told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce ‘‘like many of you in the room, I would like to be governor.’’
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