Foiling Murphy In a Coup Bid

Bid Dukakis thwarts an attempt by his No. 2 to show him up

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy, elected in 1986 with no help from Governor Michael Dukakis, has been largely ignored by her boss during the past four years. Dukakis rarely invited her to key meetings; when he spent 18 months seeking the presidency, she was kept mostly out of view. She seemed to suffer the slights quietly -- until last week.

Murphy is now running for Governor, a job that the increasingly unpopular Dukakis is not trying to hold on to. But Murphy, an unimaginative campaigner who repeats liberal cliches with square-jawed earnestness, is badly trailing her Democratic primary opponents: former state...

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