It is the dream of every number two to be number one, and it seemed Timothy P. Murray had been striving to make that happen. He raised the money. He led the roundtable discussions on freight rail service in North Grafton. He stood behind the governor and nodded during press conferences.
But on Friday, the 44-year-old Worcester Democrat called it all off. The lieutenant governor said he wanted to spend time with his family, not run for governor in 2014. Murray, however, had also been contending with some political baggage, including low poll numbers, a mysterious high-speed car crash on an early morning in 2011, and a political friendship with a former housing authority director now under a joint federal and state investigation.