Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy dropped out of the race for governor today, days after igniting a firestorm by staging a Statehouse coup against Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.
"This is no time for business as usual and it is no time for politics as usual. Therefore today I am withdrawing as a candidate," Murphy, a Democrat, told a news conference.
"This is not a political ploy," she said. "It is an honest and necessary act of leadership."
Last week, after Dukakis left on a trade mission in West Germany, Murphy seized the crown of acting governor, unveiling proposals to slash state spending to help overcome the state budget crunch.