Until yesterday, it looked as if Lt. Gov. Tim Murray
had been through a very rough patch of misfortune, with two separate big hits to his political standing: a series of Boston Globe
stories detailing his deep ties to the disgraced former Chelsea housing authority director, Michael McLaughlin
, who was pulling in an astronomical $360,000 a year salary, and a mysterious late-night car crash that Murray has had a hard time explaining. Now it seems that Murray may have been out on the road in the wee hours of Nov. 2, when he careened into a rock ledge along Interstate 190, because of worries that his political career was being imperiled by the McLaughlin scandal.