Massachusetts lieutenant governor resigns, announces new role
May 22nd, 2013
10:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Massachusetts lieutenant governor resigns, announces new role

(CNN) - Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray resigned his position to become the head of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce at a press conference on Wednesday.

Murray said that his decision to resign before his term is finished is for personal for reasons.

"In January I made a decision with my wife not seek political office in 2014." Murray said. "The next chapter of my life needs to be focused primarily on family. I wanted to take advantage of this moment in our lives, as childhood passes quickly and this is an important time for my family."

When asked if he was going to rule out running for office again Murray responded, "We'll see." He continued, "I'm not ruling anything in or out. I'm excited about this opportunity.

Murray said he intends to submit his resignation effective at end of day on June 2nd and begin his new role on June 3rd.

The lieutenant governor has taken heat recently over questions about his relationship with the disgraced Chelsea Housing Authority director and campaign funding.

CNN's Sara Fischer contributed to this report.


Filed under: Massachusetts
New polls puts Democrat on top in Mass. Senate race
May 8th, 2013
10:00 PM ET
1 year ago

New polls puts Democrat on top in Mass. Senate race

(CNN) - Two new polls suggest the Democrats have the lead in the battle for an open U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts up for grabs next month.

According to a 7 News/Suffolk University survey released Wednesday night, Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic nominee, holds a 52%-35% advantage over GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez among likely voters in the June 25th special election. Just over one-in-ten questioned were undecided.
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Filed under: Ed Markey • Massachusetts
Older candidate touts newer technology in bid for Senate
May 8th, 2013
12:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Older candidate touts newer technology in bid for Senate

(CNN) - Broadband, smart phones and Facebook are taking center stage Wednesday in a special election next month in Massachusetts to fill the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic nominee in the race, is out with his first TV commercial of the general election, touting his efforts to pass the 1996 Telecommunications Act that overhauled existing laws and helped encourage innovation.
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Filed under: Ads • Ed Markey • Gabriel Gomez • Massachusetts • Senate
Gomez calls on Markey to take down 'despicable' video
May 4th, 2013
05:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Gomez calls on Markey to take down 'despicable' video

(CNN) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez is calling on his Massachusetts opponent, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, to take down a web video showing him on screen with Osama bin Laden.

"Career Politician Ed Markey has started his campaign with a textbook despicable political attack to attempt to connect me with Osama bin Laden in the minds of voters," Gomez said Saturday.
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Filed under: 2013 • Ed Markey • Gabriel Gomez • Massachusetts
First lady will head to Boston for Ed Markey
May 3rd, 2013
07:59 AM ET
1 year ago

First lady will head to Boston for Ed Markey

(CNN) – Rep. Ed Markey, who became the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts earlier this week, will get a boost later this month from first lady Michelle Obama, who will travel to the state for a fundraising event.

The event on May 29, reported first by the Boston Globe and confirmed to CNN by a Democratic official, will mark Michelle Obama's first solo fundraising event since last year's presidential election. Tickets for the event start at $500, the official said.
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Filed under: Ed Markey • Massachusetts • Michelle Obama
Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez win Massachusetts Senate primaries
April 30th, 2013
09:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez win Massachusetts Senate primaries

(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, a longtime U.S. congressman, and Republican businessman and political newcomer Gabriel Gomez will face off in the Massachusetts Senate special election after winning their respective party nominations in Tuesday's primary, the Associated Press projected.

Markey beat fellow Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, while Gomez won a three-way primary in a race largely overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombings that took place a little more than two weeks ago.
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Filed under: Ed Markey • Gabriel Gomez • John Kerry • Massachusetts • Senate
Breaking: Markey wins Dem nomination in Mass. Senate primary
April 30th, 2013
09:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Markey wins Dem nomination in Mass. Senate primary

(CNN) - Longtime Rep. Ed Markey has won the Democratic nomination in the special Massachusetts primary to fill a U.S. Senate seat, the Associated Press projected Tuesday.

He will face Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez in the June 25 special election. The victor will fill the seat vacated by John Kerry earlier this year when he was confirmed secretary of state.

In the meantime, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick has appointed William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim senator.


Filed under: Ed Markey • Massachusetts • Senate
Boston bombings overshadow Massachusetts Senate election
People gather at a makeshift memorial for victims near the site of the Boston Marathon bombings at the edge of a closed section of Boylston Street a day after the second suspect was captured on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
April 30th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Boston bombings overshadow Massachusetts Senate election

(CNN) – Fifteen days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Massachusetts voters head to the polls Tuesday to select Democratic and Republican nominees in a special U.S. Senate election that's been almost completely overshadowed by the terror attacks.

Even before the bombings, Massachusetts voters weren't paying that much attention to the contest to fill the remaining year and a half of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down earlier this year to become U.S. secretary of state.
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Filed under: Boston Marathon bombing • Ed Markey • Massachusetts • Senate • Stephen Lynch
Source: GOP congressmen want answers on Boston suspect's 2011 questioning
April 20th, 2013
08:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: GOP congressmen want answers on Boston suspect's 2011 questioning

(CNN) - Two key Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee will press the Obama administration about the questioning of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev 2011, according to a GOP congressional source.

The FBI investigated Tsarnaev, who died this week after a late-night shoot-out with police, at the request of Russian authorities, according to a senior U.S. official. Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokar, who was taken into custody a day after his brother's death, are originally from the Caucasus region and immigrated to the United States in the 2000s.
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Filed under: FBI • Massachusetts
April 20th, 2013
05:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Should Boston bombing suspect get a Miranda warning? Debate follows Friday capture

(CNN) - As Boston celebrated the capture of a suspect in the marathon bombings Friday night, a debate erupted in Washington over whether military or civilian law would best handle Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

“This guy didn’t rob a liquor store. He wasn’t working for the Mafia,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Saturday on Fox News. “My God, they were at war with us, we need to be at war within our values and within our laws.”
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