Sources: Ex-Mass. Gov. Patrick to skip 2020 White House race

Woonsocket Call - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

BOS­TON (AP) — For­mer Demo­cratic Gov. De­val Patrick of Mas­sachusetts will soon an­nounce he won’t launch a 2020 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to three sources fa­mil­iar with his plans. They did not say why he de­cided against a run.

A for­mal an­nounce­ment was de­layed as the coun­try ob­served a day of mourn­ing for Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, one source said. News of Patrick’s plans was first re­ported by Politico.

Patrick, 62, served two terms as gov­er­nor, from 2007 to 2015, was as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral for civil rights in the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion and since leav­ing the gov­er­nor’s of­fice has been a man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Bain Cap­i­tal. Patrick trav­eled the coun­try in sup­port of Demo­cratic can­di­dates in the re­cent midterm elec­tions.

Ear­lier this year, some of Patrick’s sup­port­ers and close ad­vis­ers started the Rea­son to Be­lieve po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee, “a grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to ad­vanc­ing a pos­i­tive, pro­gres­sive vi­sion for our na­tion in 2018 and 2020.” Rea­son to Be­lieve PAC had been hold­ing mee­tups across the coun­try, in­clud­ing in early pres­i­den­tial pri­mary states.

While Patrick is opt­ing against a 2020 run, dozens of Democrats are con­sid­er­ing jump­ing in, in­clud­ing nearly a half-dozen mem­bers of the Se­nate, sev­eral House mem­bers, and other Massa- chusetts politi­cians. On Tues­day, Michael Ave­natti, the at­tor­ney for adult film star Stormy Daniels and a vo­cal critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, said in a state­ment that he would not run.

Patrick had pre­vi­ously ex­pressed some con­cerns about break­ing through if he sought the nom­i­na­tion, telling David Ax­el­rod, a for­mer ad­viser to Barack Obama, that he wasn’t sure he could stand out in such a large field.

“It’s hard to see how you even get no­ticed in such a big, broad field with­out be­ing shrill, sen­sa­tional or a celebrity, and I’m none of those things and I’m never go­ing to be any of those things,” Patrick said in a Septem­ber in­ter­view with Ax­el­rod.

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