Too little too late for Murray?
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray is telling supporters not to believe “false rumors and wild speculation” about his pre-dawn automobile crash in early November. The problem for Murray is, it’s tough to tamp down false rumors and wild speculation when everything you’ve done up to this point has fanned those rumors.
Murray sent a letter to nearly 7,000 supporters yesterday, seeking to put the crash, which totaled his state-owned Crown Vic, behind him. In the letter, Murray says he couldn’t sleep after his daughter crawled into bed early in the morning, so he took a drive to “get a coffee and a paper and prepare for the day.”
He describes the early morning crash thusly: “I remember next was the vehicle being off the road, the impact of the collision, and the car turning over several times. During this ride I did not meet anyone, or make any phone calls, texts or emails… I was shaken-up, and not really knowing how it occurred, I assumed the ice must have caused the accident. In light of the black box data and police report, my assumption was incorrect. I believe I nodded off while driving and the car ran off the road.” CommonWealth has the full text of the letter.
It’s clear that Murray intends the letter to be the final word on the crash. But it won’t be, thanks to Murray’s own actions after the crash. The circumstances surrounding the crash (he was traveling 108 miles per hour, without his seat belt) are so different from what he initially claimed (saying he was buckled in and traveling the speed limit, saying he was out to survey storm damage, and blaming the crash on black ice) that it’s easier for many folks to believe “false rumors and wild speculation” than anything Murray has to say on the matter.
Murray’s morning wreck has managed to unite two disparate personalities — Tom Keane and Howie Carr. Carr weighs in today with a column that’s loaded with the usual insults and one-liners. But he hits home when he writes, “Listen, Hurry Murray, if you’d come clean that first day, way back at the beginning of November, there wouldn’t be any false rumors and wild speculation.” On Sunday, Keane published a piece that was even more devastating, because, Keane says, he believed Murray’s fist story. Keane says he initially dismissed calls that the lieutenant governor release black box data from the crash as cranky overreaching. “I remember thinking how awful it was that trust had eroded to such a degree that the first reaction of some was to instantly assume that, if a politician had been involved, then something untoward was going on. Except, of course, that the doubters were right.”
Keane’s piece ends with a call for a full investigation into the crash, “rather than continuing a slow, reluctant drip of information.” Today, the Globe calls on Murray to release his cell phone records. That won’t be the last of it, either. Murray made sure of that himself.
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