Sunday, January 20, 2013

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh’s Statement on Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s Decision Not to Run for Governor

BOSTON – Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh released the following statement today after learning that Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will not run for governor:

“My friend Lt. Governor Tim Murray has served the people of the Commonwealth effectively and with a profound love for our state. I understand his decision and applaud his primary focus on his wife and wonderful daughters.

“Tim has been Gov. Patrick’s partner is moving the Commonwealth forward and leading us out of the Great Recession stronger and faster. It is the same kind of success he enjoyed as the mayor of Worcester, where he set the second largest city in New England on a path to the 21st century. I know he will continue to be an important part of leading us forward as a Commonwealth on so many issues and I’m glad for that.

“Politically, Tim’s decision throws the 2014 Democratic Primary field wide open. If he had decided to run, with the full support of Governor Patrick, Tim would have been a formidable entry in the field. With both the Governor’s and Lt. Gov’s offices now open in 2014, I’m looking forward to spirited primaries that will highlight the deep pool of talent in the Massachusetts Democratic Party. If our eventual nominees prove to be as good as Deval Patrick and Tim Murray, I’m confident of success.”