Former state Sen. James Jajuga of Methuen pointed out that the indictment against McLaughlin is merely an allegation — not a conviction.
Jajuga also noted that McLaughlin has not been accused of stealing anything. McLaughlin’s indictment and Murray’s agreement to pay a large civil penalty “feed into the cynicism” that people have about politicians, Jajuga said.
Most people in public life, he said, “do the right thing,” Regarding Murray’s relationship with McLaughlin, Jajuga said, “He feels he was duped.”
McLaughlin asked Chelsea Housing Authority workers to attend fundraisers for Murray and directed one of them to collect donations and send out invitations, according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley.
“It is important that campaign finance laws be adhered to,” said former Methuen Mayor William Manzi, now the town manager of Seabrook, N.H. The actions taken against McLaughlin and Murray show that the attorney general will enforce those laws, he added.