Deval Patrick won’t run in 2020, citing ‘the cruelty of our elections process” December 5, 2018
By Michael Levenson and Victoria McGrane
Former governor Deval Patrick, who considered launching an aspirational, unifying presidential campaign at a time of deep national division, announced on Thursday that he would not run for president.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by advice and encouragement from people from all over the country, known and unknown,” Patrick said in a statement posted to Facebook Thursday. “But knowing 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, was more than I could ask.”
Until recently, Patrick had been testing the waters for a nationwide campaign. He traveled widely to campaign for Democrats during the midterms, dusting off his soaring, hopeful rhetoric before audiences in key primary states such as South Carolina. He granted national media interviews and assented to a lengthy profile in The New Yorker last month.
Former aides, meanwhile, launched a PAC to support candidates who embraced his values, raising $500,000. And Patrick, perhaps most significantly, was being encouraged by onetime aides to former president Barack Obama, a friend, who appeared ready to help him if he joined a crowded Democratic field that could include dozens of candidates.