Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has opened the door to a potential White House run in the future, although not the immediate future, the Boston Globe reports.
During an interview with Politico at a governor’s conference in Washington, D.C., Patrick was asked whether he could see himself in running for national office. “Maybe. Maybe,” he replied, noting that it wouldn’t be in the 2016 election. “That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years and she’s a tough one to convince,” Patrick told the publication.
The Globe notes that Patrick’s wife, Diane, a lawyer, hasn’t always embraced the publicity that comes with a political life, as harsh criticism against her husband contributed to a bout with depression early on during her husband’s first term for which she received treatment. Before winning the governorship in 2006, Patrick had a lucrative career as a corporate attorney in the private sector, a position he told associates that he wouldn’t mind returning to.
Patrick noted that he would take a “break” from government once his second term ends early next year.
“I’d like to have another opportunity to serve. I believe in service. I enjoy it,” the governor told Politico. “I also like coming and going, you know, because I think that my private-sector life has contributed to how I think about public-sector challenges and what I do in the public sector.”