Murray tells senators she won’t leave early
Plans to remain as Senate president this year
Senate President Therese Murray told her fellow Democrats on Thursday that she intends to serve out the remainder of her term as the head of the body, which means Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg will have to wait until next year to move up into the chamber’s top position.
According to Senate rules, Murray is not allowed to serve as Senate president longer than eight years, a milestone that will arrive in March 2015. One senator at the Democratic caucus meeting said the implication from Murray’s remarks was that she would not stand for reelection in November, but would also not leave office before her current Senate term ends in January.
Laura Oggeri, a spokeswoman for the Senate president’s office, said in an email that Murray “has not made a decision yet on reelection.”
Another senator at the caucus meeting said Murray’s announcement came in an awkward fashion. The Democrats had gathered in the Senate president’s office where Sen. Stephen Brewer of Barre made an emotional announcement that he would be retiring at the end of this term. Murray embraced Brewer after his speech, but then followed up with her own announcement. Murray prefaced her remarks by saying many in the audience probably would not like what they were about to hear, according to the senator in attendance.
Many senators have been expecting Murray to step down early and take a private sector job, paving the way for Rosenberg to take over. Others wondered whether she might give up the Senate president’s gavel next year but run again for her seat representing Plymouth in the Legislature. That apparently still remains a possibility, according to Oggeri, although senators who heard Murray’s announcement yesterday said that was unlikely.