A political consultant who critics say had the fix put in for a plum, possible six-figure Patrick administration post donated $200 to Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s campaign just days before applying for the job, the Herald has learned.
David Oliveira — who’s accused of attacking state Rep. Chris Markey, leaving him hospitalized with a collapsed lung in a confrontation over the lost state gig — wrote Murray the $200 campaign check June 7, 2012.
Five days later, Oliveira applied for the job of assistant commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources — and soon after became Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan’s pick for the job, bypassing a screening panel that favored Markey’s aide, Jason Wentworth.
A spokeswoman confirmed that Murray “was approached about both Jason Wentworth and David Oliveira” and that the office “passed on their interest” to Sullivan’s agency “with no influence from the Lt. Governor.”
Sullivan insisted his office received no recommendations for the job and no pressure from Murray.
Markey told the Herald last night he had two brief conversations at social events with Murray during the hiring process and tried to put in a good word in for his aide Wentworth.
“I just said, ‘Hey, there’s apparently a job that my aide found out about with the assistant commissioner. I think he’s going to apply. I hope you guys can consider him,’ ” Markey said.