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(NECN) - Mass. state Sen. Jack Hart announced Monday he was resigning from his prominent position in the Legislature.
The South Boston Democrat says he has accepted a position in the Boston law firm Nelson Mullins Reilly to help expand their lobbying business in Massachusetts, according to the firm.
"I told them I wasn't interested in leaving," Hart said. "But they intensified the discussions over the course of the past couple of weeks or so, and made me an offer that's in the best interest of my family."
Senator Hart says "it is mostly about the money" because he is paying for four tuitions at the moment for his children, but also adds that it's time to leave the Senate.
Many Massachusetts political observers say that Senator Hart would have been a top contender for Senate president after Senator Therese Murray leaves the position in 2015 due to term limits.
"That was a major part of our decision, what's the value in staying, with achieving that for myself professionally and personally, but also for the people of the district," Hart said. "But we decided in the end that in the best interests of my family, this is the best way to go."
There's another question on many people's minds: Who is going to host the St. Patrick's Day Breakfast in Southie now?
"Right now, it's being worked out with Congressman Lynch, who is likely to be a U.S. Senatorial candidate, Bill Linehan, the singing city councilor and Nick Collins, the representative," Hart said.
So have no fear, Boston: The Breakfast will go on.
Watch the attached video for the complete interview and more.