Deval Patrick Sets Deadline to Decide on 2020 Run
Rumors about former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick eyeing a presidential run have been churning for months now. He says he will decide definitively by the end of the year. He’s not yet actively working the midterm election circuit because of restrictions related to his position at investment firm Bain Capital -- the venture capital firm founded by another former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney. However, the former two-term Democrat plans to hit the campaign trail in a handful of races around the country this fall. In a recent interview with Pod Save America, he said, “I’ve been asked by a number of candidates to be involved ... I think it’s all hands on deck right now and there’s lots and lots of different ways to serve. Looking ahead to 2020, there’s a lot of great people in that field and I’m watching that too, watching to see who’s in and how I can be helpful.” Patrick was one of a handful of surrogates for Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) during the special election last year. Politico points out that Patrick and AG Jeff Sessions faced off in court in 1985, when Patrick was a member of the defense team in a federal criminal voter fraud case against three African American community activists and Sessions served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. More here.