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Walsh Steps Down From State Health Post

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After weeks of political pressure and criticism, state Senator Marian Walsh has decided she will not take a controversial job at a state agency.

Walsh appeared with Governor Deval Patrick Tuesday afternoon to say she is withdrawing from the appointment at the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority.

The West Roxbury Democrat said she that felt she had become the issue, not the mission she was asked to take on.

"This was not going in a place that was healthy, where my energy was being well spent," Walsh explains. "I either want to serve in the state senate and do a good job for my district or I want to help the governor reform, and neither were happening very well. I feel this is the best outcome."

Critics say the job was political payback for Walsh who was an early supporter of the governor, adding the position had been vacant for a dozen years and the $175 thousand salary was excessive.

Governor Patrick said he takes responsibility for the handling of the appointment.

Walsh will remain in the state Senate.

This program aired on March 31, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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