The announcement Wednesday that Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will resign to lead the Worcester Chamber of Commerce mainly served to ratify what most on Beacon Hill basically knew: that his recent political scandals had left him without a path to higher office, while his current duties were too limited to sustain an ambitious person’s career.
Murray’s departure ends an awkward chapter in Massachusetts political history. Any hopes he had of using his current office as a platform for a gubernatorial campaign were dashed by his connection to Michael McLaughlin, a longstanding political fixer who allegedly plundered the Chelsea Housing Authority for his own gain — and apparently ran an improper political fundraising operation on Murray’s behalf. Under different circumstances, Murray might have been the front-runner to replace Governor Deval Patrick, who isn’t running again in 2014. But acknowledging the obvious, Murray already announced earlier this year wouldn’t seek the office, either.