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Political practices chief won't seek full term

Published On: Mar 25 2013 04:10:31 PM MDT
Helena Capitol Summer
HELENA, Mont. -

Political Practices Commissioner Jim Murry says he won't seek confirmation by the state Senate.
    
Gov. Brian Schweitzer appointed Murry Feb. 6, 2012, and he has been working as the state's campaign finance and ethics chief while the Legislature was out of session.
    
Lawmakers had scheduled a confirmation hearing for Monday.
    
Murry says in a letter dated Monday that because of his age and health considerations, it was never his intention to serve in that capacity for an extended period of time.
    
Murry says he came to the office during turbulent times, and he hoped to restore confidence in the office and improve the decision-making process.
    
The previous commissioner, David Gallik, resigned amid a dispute with staff over his work time.