Worcester, Mass. feels political shake-up

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May 23, 2013, 6:52 pm
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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - The resignation of both Lt. Governor Tim Murray and Worcester's state Representative John Fresolo Wednesday is resulting in a political shake up.

The lieutenant governor announced he will take the role of CEO at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, representative John Fresolo is stepping down amidst an ethics committee investigation.

Political commentator Guy Glodis says Murray's new role will bring positive changes for Worcester.

"It's a win for the city of Worcester cant get a better person with understanding of economic development needs and the government affairs side from someone like Tim Murray," he says.

The lieutenant governor says he wants to continue his work serving the city and central Massachusetts, which is something he says he can still do in his new role.

"The thing that intrigued me about this is I'll continue to do the things I've been doing as a lieutenant governor for six and half years complete some of those things in a different way," Lt. Governor Murray says.

Murray says despite leaving his office, central Massachusetts will still remain a top priority on Beacon Hill.

"I do think there's a culture that thinks statewide and will be in a position to remind people from time to time," Murray says.

Meanwhile, Glodis says the vacancy left by Fresol in the 16th Worcester District is a different story.

"That district in my opinion has been under-represented for many years and now is unrepresented and is a district with a lot of needs and concerns and needs a strong leader," he says.

City Councilor Kate Toomey agrees, but says in the meantime the district will not be forgotten.

"I do believe it will be short lived we have an election set so think the delegation is fine to step in when they need to," Toomey says.

Tags: massachusetts, Worcester, Tim Murray, Katelyn Tivnan, John Fresolo
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