Report: Speaker Murphy Will Not Run for Speakership Again
From the AP via Turn to Ten:
A Rhode Island lawmaker says House Speaker William Murphy has told his colleagues he’s stepping down from his leadership post when the next term begins.
Rep. Kenneth Carter told The Associated Press he was in a meeting last week in which Murphy told his committee chairs he would finish out his term as speaker then step down.
Carter says Murphy did not elaborate on his future plans.
Larry Berman, a spokesman for Murphy, told NBC 10 that he had no comment.
The 46-year-old Democrat has been House speaker since 2003, and has served in the General Assembly since 1992. He represents West Warwick.
WPRO’s Dan Yorke determined that the original source of the report is Matt Jerzyk over at RIFuture.
Tim points out that Dan Yorke talked about this development yesterday.
Speaker Murphy makes it official and then some in an interview this afternoon with the ProJo’s Katherine Gregg – this will be his last term as Speaker and his last term in the House of Representatives.
In an interview with The Journal Wednesday, the West Warwick Democrat said he conveyed his decision at a chairmans’ dinner at the Capriccio restaurant last Wednesday, along with his endorsement of House Majority Leader Gordon Fox to succeed him.
“I will not be seeking reelection in 2011,” he said.