Sunday, January 07, 2007

Governor Patrick Says He Will Support Kerry If He Seeks Presidency Again

With the news today that Joe Biden intends to "seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008," came the news that Massachusetts' new governor, Deval Patrick said today that "he would have to support Sen. John Kerry over Obama or Mrs. Clinton should the Massachusetts Democrat make a second run for the presidency." Patrick was asked who he would support in '08 during an appearance that aired Sunday on WHDH-TV's "Urban Update." Apparently the list only included Kerry, Clinton and Obama, sorry Joe. Patrick made it very clear where his loyalty runs, to his home Senator who supported his bid for Governor...
"They are very, very strong people. I will tell you that if my home senator runs, I've got to be with him. I love the other candidates, but we will see. I don't know that he has made a decision yet."

Back in October, Deval Patrick called "a similar question "premature" after Kerry campaigned for him at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown."
Obama, an Illinois Democrat still in his first term in Congress, and Clinton, a New York Democrat just sworn into her second term, are weighing campaigns in 2008, as is Kerry.

Kerry has pledged to announce a decision about a second campaign in the near future, perhaps this month. He is up for re-election in 2008, and some local Democrats are urging him to decide whether he wants to seek re-election or wage a second presidential campaign.

The senator has suggested the calendar and state election law would allow him to do both, at least until he learned the outcome of early primaries and caucuses.

Massachusetts' senior Senator Ted Kennedy signaled a little "impatience with his fellow senator in December, saying his support was not guaranteed and he did not want to wait "indefinitely" for a decision."
Kennedy later declared he would support Kerry should he declare his candidacy "in the near term."

Around here, Dem Daily readers are waiting patiently for the Senator to make it official. The general consensus is Run, John, Run.

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