The StateHouse News is reporting that Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, “has not endorsed a candidate for president this primary season, and he may hold off entirely, he said today. After a leadership meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders, Murray told the News Service he hadn’t made a decision yet and may not endorse. While the governor has vocally backed U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, most Democratic legislators have joined the camp of New York Senator Hillary Clinton.”
The issue for Murray goes a little deeper than where “most Democratic legislators” stand. He’s caught between two rock solid allegiances, and is better of staying out of the fray. Patrick’s endorsement of Obama is an acknowledgement of what the Boston Globe called in July a “symbiotic friendship” between the two, who share a similar legacy as well as a same chief strategist.
On the other side of Murray is long time political ally and mentor Jim McGovern, a longtime political ally of the Clintons. McGovern’s allegiance is part of the reason most Worcester pols have lined up publicly behind Clinton; it’s also why Murray is better off not endorsing either candidate this go-around.