Patrick indirect on ruling out presidential run

Governor sees PAC as way to spread "conviction politics" message

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Gov. Deval Patrick was insistent Wednesday that he would stay involved in public discussions after leaving office, and less direct on whether he would “rule out” a presidential run.

“Look, I’m not going to – maybe. But listen, I’m not making any news. I’m saying the same thing I’ve ever always said,” Patrick told the co-hosts on Boston Public Radio Wednesday. “I am going to finish the job I have and I am loving it, and when I finish the job I have, I am going to find a job in the private sector. And I hope there will come a time sometime later in life when I have something else I can contribute to public life, and when that time comes, we’ll see.”

The question was posed by Boston Herald columnist Margery Egan, in light of Patrick’s daughter Katherine saying last week on a Washington D.C. panel “not right now” when asked about her father seeking the presidency, though she wouldn’t “rule out” a bid in the future.

Patrick has repeatedly said he would finish out his second and final term, which ends January 2015, and then enter the private sector.

The governor, who won office in 2006 as a successful lawyer and former Justice Department official, has sometimes bristled at questions around a potential presidential candidacy.

Patrick and his daughter took the question from MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry at the Friday panel.

“The question, totally off topic, was, ‘Am I going to run for president?’ And she answered,” Patrick said.

Co-host Jim Braude asked Patrick why John Walsh, the current but outgoing Democratic Party chairman, would take a full-time position as head of Patrick’s federal political action committee if Patrick was getting out of politics.

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Andy Metzger is currently studying law at Temple University in Philadelphia. Previously, he joined  CommonWealth Magazine as a reporter in January 2019. He has covered news in Massachusetts since 2007. For more than six years starting in May 2012 he wrote about state politics and government for the State House News Service.  At the News Service, he followed three criminal trials from opening statements to verdicts, tracked bills through the flumes and eddies of the Legislature, and sounded out the governor’s point of view on a host of issues – from the proposed Olympics bid to federal politics.

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About Andy Metzger

Andy Metzger is currently studying law at Temple University in Philadelphia. Previously, he joined  CommonWealth Magazine as a reporter in January 2019. He has covered news in Massachusetts since 2007. For more than six years starting in May 2012 he wrote about state politics and government for the State House News Service.  At the News Service, he followed three criminal trials from opening statements to verdicts, tracked bills through the flumes and eddies of the Legislature, and sounded out the governor’s point of view on a host of issues – from the proposed Olympics bid to federal politics.

Before that, Metzger worked at the Chelmsford Independent, The Arlington Advocate, the Somerville Journal and the Cambridge Chronicle, weekly community newspapers that cover an array of local topics. Metzger graduated from UMass Boston in 2006. In addition to his written journalism, Metzger produced a work of illustrated journalism about Gov. Charlie Baker’s record regarding the MBTA. He lives in Somerville and commutes mainly by bicycle.

“I still have a voice. I’m still involved. I’m still interested in candidates and campaigns that are about conviction politics and governing for the long-term instead of just the next election cycle. I think that is a change we brought to the governor’s office and to politics here,” Patrick responded. He said, “I’m involved and I want to be involved in that nationally and I will be right through the end of my time as governor.”

The remarks by Katherine Patrick took place at LPAC, a lesbian political group, where the governor’s youngest daughter described coming out as a lesbian to her parents. She said Patrick was making lunch, and his response was to ask if she wanted ham or tuna on her sandwich, thought Patrick remembered it slightly differently.

“I thought I said, ‘Will you grab the mayonnaise and let’s go out,’ ” said Patrick, who said he was getting lunch ready for the family at their home in Richmond, Mass., and there were people outside. He said, “You love your kids. You love your kids.”