Tim Murray Unapologetic, Wishes He Never Left House Before Crash

By WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve

BOSTON (CBS) – Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray is frustrated and unapologetic.

After months of questions and speculation, he vigorously defends his record and his reputation.

As Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve found out, the Lieutenant Governor wants to move forward.

Shortsleeve: Do you have any regrets for anything you have said of done following the accident?

Murray: “I have tried to present everything that happened to the best of my recollection. I am not an accident expert. I take the State Police at their word for what they say happened. I wish I had never left the house.”

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports

It has been three months since Lt. Governor Tim Murray crashed his state car, but the questions about what exactly happened won’t stop.

Shortsleeve: Were you were truthful all along?

Murray: “Listen, this accident happened in seconds. I am not an accident expert. And I have taken responsibility for it.”

In the hours after the crash, Murray implied he was not speeding, but it turned out he was. He said he was wearing his seat belt but the car’s black box indicated he was not. He said he slid on black ice but State Police determined he fell asleep. Nonetheless, Murray does not apologize for the inconsistencies.

READ: Murray Asleep At Wheel, No Seat Belt, 108 MPH Before Crash

Shortsleeve: Why has this gone on and on and on?

Murray: “I don’t know Joe, perhaps you can answer that or others can answer it. I am just trying to do my job every day. I have tried to get the information out. I have stood before the public, answered questions repeatedly and taken responsibility for the accident.”

Murray says he was up early inspecting snow storm damage but now admits he was also troubled about a pending Boston Globe story regarding his relationship with disgraced former Chelsea Housing official Mike McLaughlin.

Murray: “So that was one of many things on my mind. And I never said that wasn’t something that concerned me. It still makes me angry as we speak but I can’t pin point for any one reason why I was up early.”

Murray stands by the recent decision not to release his detailed phone records from the hours around the crash.

Shortsleeve: You could provide more details if you wanted, why wouldn’t you?

Murray: “Well as I have said, I was not on the phone. I was not texting. Where does it end?”

Murray who remains very popular in his home town of Worcester can’t understand why the accident has cast him in a negative spot light.

Murray: “I am frustrated. I have been in this job for five and half years. I have done some pretty substantial things on policy and projects and they have gotten very little attention.”

Murray wants to get on with the job of governing. On Monday, with Governor Patrick out of town, Murray by Executive Order will create a committee focused on the saving this state’s six military bases from the federal budget ax. Murray will chair the committee.

  • paul

    He doesnt know why this just doesnt end…he has told the thruth (as he remembers it. Let’s see…why should he release the phone records?
    He remembers not speeding….The police have him going over 100 miles an hour
    He remembers the accident was caused by sliding on black ice….the police have him faling asleep.
    he remembers having his seat belt on….the police/black box have him not wearing his seat belt at all.
    He remembers not talking or texting on the phone…..(He doesnt know why anyone needs to see those records since he remembers everything so clearly…)
    You’re right….why would anyone (with a brain) doubt his 20-20 recollection of the events?

  • gramps

    Would those phone records lead back to ‘Deval’?

    • gramps

      Deval’s gonna be busy…..


      Timmy will be in charge.


    • gramps

      Deval is about to go on the road as Obama’s CO-Campaign-Chair….

      I wonder if these ‘cell phone’ questions will follow him as he’s on the… ‘See America Plan’ for his buddy Barack?

      Or if they became public is there something contained in them that would cause the ‘White House’ to dump him?


  • dan

    LT governor is a useless post

  • Matt

    I think the media needs to just drop it. It’s been three months no one cares. And for those that do you’ll never get the truth anyway, it’s POLITICS

    • dan

      look at ted kennedy…he got away with it

  • Pete

    This has to be the longest running car crash in the history of crashes! Enough already!!!

    Memo to Murray- The way you’ve handled this by dragging it out and not being truthful about it from day one has already sunk any political aspirations y9\ou may have in this state now.
    Your political career is now toast!
    Accept it, move on, and start planning your future.

    In the dreaded private sector!

    • Bill

      Here is the problem with “planning his future”….it will consist of corrupt backroom deals using his current office and contacts (while he still has the power) to make his “slide” into the private sector a bit more comfortable.

  • JoeKane

    This guy’s political future was just flushed down the drain with his integrity!! Bye Bye Timmy!

  • GC

    This was the dumbest interview I haveever seen. There was absolutely NOTHING new that we have not already heard about this fool Tiny Tim. What a waste of news time!!

  • 1stackmack

    although l’d rather a couple of republicans run the state.l don’t mind lt gov murray.lt seems likes he’s always here doing his job,unlike his boss who’s never here.as for the wreck.the crown vic’s black box recorded a speed of 108 mph.lt is possible for car to go airborne when it went off the road,before hitting the rock wall.if he was asleep like he said he was.his foot could have been on the gas.once though’s back wheel leave the ground,108 is really not that fast,l’ve cars go 330mph in epping nh.but if he was going 108,that crown vic would’ve looked alot worse than that,so would murray for that matter.crown vic’s were strong cars,last of the body on frame type cars.since ford stopped production last year,that also last good ford police car.you’ll see taurus’s now,or chargers ,or even gm brought back the caprice for police only.caprice is corvette powered rear wheel drive 4 door car from gm’s holden group from australia.very fast,over 160 top speed..talk later,l’m going to bowling..

    • gramps

      The car & it’s capabilities has NOTHING to do with it!!!

      The real question is:

      Why did he say, “Gentleman, start your engines”, that morning”?

      Who, what, where & WHY!

      The 4 W’s!


      • gramps

        I will, as soon as you start using the upper case, space bar & comma’s…


      • 1stackmack

        simple,a joke cause nobody got hurt.thats all.l wish the accident would stop coming up.its getting old.it happened ,move on.as far as the car.l’m just putting some general automotive knowledge out there.and common cents about the wreck.cause l’m a car guy. and do me a favor.stop signing every blog with your name.this isn’t 4th grade english class .you name is at the top..nothing personal.

  • Italo

    I’d rather have a Murray on the job who says he doesn’t remember the so-called “truths” that interviewers in the news say that they want him to share, than a lot of the moon bats who have been in politics over the years who open their mouths to speak “truths” at every possible media moment, even when not asked, and who cannot get out of their own stupid and misguided way. For the media to focus on this, to me it means that they have a very condescending and disrespectful view, or non-view I should clarify, of the real political, economic and social problems that our everyday citizens face, and that want their politicians to help with and answer to.

    • dan

      what is the media for…to get a story ,or stir the soup until it gets everybody irked…get that story or else joe

  • Tannerjack

    The story would die if the phone records are released. Until then, Tiny Tim, you’re going to have to answer questions about it. If you’ve got nothing to hide release the phone records.

  • Dave_D

    What does a Lt. Guv do? We seem to have done just fine without one in the past.

  • ci64

    Was he even driving the car? Amazing how he did not have a scratch on him….

  • dan


  • dan

    and no seatbelt on…a lot of unaswered questions here????????

  • Ugnug

    He has a facebook page. Tell him what you think. http://www.facebook.com/notifications#!/timmurray2010

    • dan


  • fred

    The obvious reason why Patrick is against releasing the phone record is because if he does this in this case he will have to do it in the future for his staff members. The phone records will show his staff using state funded resources for purposes other than intended. Such as using them for campaigning, fun raising, lobbying, etc. Things that would run afoul of campaign and ethics rule. The Herald and the Globe both need to continue pushing this issue. Those records are the property of the people, not the position holder. Time to do the right thing Gov – but I am not holding my breath.

  • dan


  • dan

    ted kennedy was’t drunk when crashed his car off the bridge….BUT HE DID NOT TURN HIMSELF IN UNTIL THE NEXT DAY GO FIGURE

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