De­val bails on 2020 race over ‘cru­elty’ of elec­tions

Boston Herald - - INSIDE TRACK - By LAU­REL J. SWEET and MARY MARKOS

Former Gov. De­val Pa­trick made it of­fi­cial yes­ter­day morn­ing that he will not be a Demo­cratic can­di­date for pres­i­dent in 2020.

Pa­trick cited the “cru­elty” of elec­tions as the ba­sis for his de­ci­sion.

In a post on so­cial me­dia ref­er­enc­ing his wife, Pa­trick, 62, of Mil­ton, said, “Know­ing the cru­elty of our elec­tions process would ul­ti­mately splash back on peo­ple whom Diane and I love, but who had not signed up for the jour­ney, was more than I could ask.”

Pa­trick, a close friend of former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, was gov­er­nor of Mas­sachusetts from 2007 un­til his de­par­ture in 2015.

The Chicago na­tive also served as an as­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral over­see­ing the Civil Rights Divi­sion un­der former Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

Pa­trick had stumped for sev­eral Demo­cratic con­gres­sional can­di­dates lead­ing up to last month’s gen­eral elec­tion — an ex­pe­ri­ence he called “af­firm­ing.”

The former gov­er­nor said he sees an op­por­tu­nity for Democrats in the com­ing elec­tion.

“Democrats have a clear chance not just to win their votes but to win their re­spect and earn their help by show­ing up ev­ery­where, en­gag­ing every­one, and mak­ing our case,” he said. “What’s at stake to­day is not just the case for our party or the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of a given can­di­date, but the char­ac­ter of the coun­try.”

Pa­trick said he reached his de­ci­sion not to run after much con­ver­sa­tion, re­flec­tion and prayer.

“I’ve been over­whelmed by ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment from peo­ple all over the coun­try, known and un­known. Hum­bled, in fact,” Pa­trick said. “Peo­ple across Amer­ica are com­ing off the side­lines and get­ting en­gaged, tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own civic and po­lit­i­cal fu­ture. That’s ex­cit­ing and im­por­tant. I hope we keep giv­ing them pos­i­tive rea­sons to do so.”

Pa­trick is a man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Bain Cap­i­tal.

Repub­li­can Gov. Char­lie Baker called his 2010 gu­ber­na­to­rial op­po­nent “one heck of a cam­paigner.”

“De­ci­sions to run for of­fice are per­sonal and it was per­sonal for me and for Lau­ren and for our kids when we made de­ci­sions to run, and there’s no big­ger per­sonal de­ci­sion to be made than the de­ci­sion to run for pres­i­dent,” Baker said.

Democrats have a clear chance not just to win their votes but to win their re­spect and earn their help by show­ing up ev­ery­where, en­gag­ing every­one, and mak­ing our case.

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