Big news in MA-Gov world:
Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray will not run for governor in 2014, citing the demands of campaigning, serving in elected office and his desire to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters.
“I’ve decided that I am not going to run for governor,” the former Worcester mayor told the Telegram & Gazette this morning, ending speculation among many and hope among his supporters that he would try to succeed Gov. Deval L. Patrick next year.
Whatever the reasons, that sounds like a final decision, and it throws 2014 wide open. Among other things, it opens up the backing of the sitting Governor, who would have backed Murray in a contested primary.
“If he chose to be a candidate, I was with him. He was my candidate. I’ve seen him in action. I’ve seen his intellect and heart, and I hope his time will come,” Mr. Patrick said.
So. Steve Grossman is almost certainly in; today’s announcement makes his entry into the race even more likely. Don Berwick said he was interested, and maybe he’s more interested now. State Senator Dan Wolf also made noises of interest. Martha Coakley, Mike Capuano, and Bill Galvin seem perpetually interested. Carmen Ortiz already said she wasn’t running; the Swartz debacle makes that certain.
Who’s your candidate?