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GOP seeks records on Timothy Murray

 Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray

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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, with Governor Deval Patrick in the background.

The state Republican Party has filed a public records request for documents that might show whether public resources were used in landing Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray the private sector position Murray will assume next week.

Murray and aides to Governor Deval Patrick have denied that the administration undertook any such efforts, saying that the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce approached Murray about taking over as its president and CEO.

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In a letter to Patrick’s office asking for records, state GOP chairwoman Kirsten Hughes wrote, “Discerning to what extent the Patrick Administration went to find Mr. Murray a new job, and how much taxpayer money was used to do so, will determine if the Administration erred in executing Mr. Murray’s exit from public office.”

Hughes asked for correspondence between Patrick, Murray and their staffs discussing the business post, or between the administration and the Worcester chamber.

When he announced last week that he would resign on June 2 to take the Worcester post the following day, Murray told the Globe the chamber had reached out to him in late March and that he was initially dismissive. After the chamber detailed its plans to emphasize the region’s growing new economy sectors and low housing costs, Murray said, he warmed to the idea.

The administration was trying to help Murray land a private-­sector job, a person familiar with those efforts told the Globe at the time.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at James.OSullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.
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