Deval Patrick is telling friends and allies in phone calls on Wednesday that he has made a decision to run for president, two people familiar with the matter say. And he'll have to pivot to the expensive and logistically daunting contests of Super Tuesday, when voters in more than a dozen states and territories head to the polls. All that said, it's definitely true that a lot of donors (and strategists and former pols and people that just generally like to think of themselves as savvy) are very, very anxious about the field and, most important, the front-running candidates' ability to beat Trump.
Patrick is only the second elected black governor in U.S. history and has told confidants that he would conduct a campaign similar to that of Barack Obama in 2008 - emphasizing unity.
Patrick has remained active in politics since his term as governor ended in 2015. But Patrick has already missed the filing deadline in two southern states - Arkansas and Alabama - whose primaries are slated for March 3, 2020.CNN first reported Patrick's launch plans.The ally of former President Barack Obama first began reaching out to officials and potential aides about a possible last-minute entry into the race earlier this week, according to Democratic Party sources.
Should the former MA governor, who served from 2007 to 2015, leap to the race, the overdue entrance presents large hurdles, both in finance and once it comes to creating a campaign organization that could keep pace with other candidates who've been operating for almost a year.
"They bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat", Patrick said in his announcement video.
Patrick had earlier ruled out a bid in December 2018 but reportedly regretted the decision. Patrick said he and his wife anxious that the "cruelty of our elections process would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love, but who hadn't signed up for the journey".
The shift comes as the more moderate wing of the Democratic Party and many Democratic donors are increasingly anxious about the party's leftward shift and its chances of defeating President Trump in next year's general election. We need our presidents to succeed, " but said he was particularly concerned about what he described as Trump's belittling of those with opposing points of view. "But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country".
Early in his career, Patrick served as assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Clinton administration and later worked as an executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola. And he's already started to draw fire from liberal critics for his current post at Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Senator Mitt Romney of Utah co-founded and led, and that Democrats assailed Mr. Romney for when he ran for president in 2012.
Patrick's MA record is mixed. His successes include helping oversee the 2006 health care law signed by Romney that would go on to serve as a blueprint for Obama's 2010 health care law.
Patrick was also forced to publicly apologize for a disastrous effort to transition to the federal health care law during which the state's website performed so poorly it created a backlog of more than 50,000 paper applications.
Barrow reported from Atlanta.