Governor Patrick is slated to return late tonight from his ten day trip to Colorado, Israel and England. Lt. Governor Tim Murray will wrap up his first prolonged stint as Acting Governor when Patrick’s loafers hit the tarmac. In all likelihood nobody will be happier about that than Tim Murray. He’s had a rough go of it.
If Team Murray was hoping the Governor’s extensive second term travel plans would afford the LG a great chance to ‘appear gubernatorial’ in the public eye, well in advance of 2014, then this first go-round has been something of a disaster. Let’s review the low-lights of Acting Governor Murray’s ‘first term’:
- Just before the Gov went wheels up, he apparently handed his LG a big bag of trouble labeled “Big Dig light-bombs,” and said something along the lines of, “here, you handle this Tim.”
- For unexplained reasons, the Acting Gov felt compelled to weigh in on the Japanese nuclear crisis, and in so doing he revealed a fundamental lack of understanding of how the Commonwealth’s sole nuclear plant operates.