The former decision of the Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick of skipping a presidential race of 2020 has reduced to the impact that the "cruelty of our electoral process" would have had on people close to him, he said in a statement published Thursday morning.
"I was overwhelmed by the advice and the encouragement of people from all over the country, known and unknown, humiliated, in fact," said Patrick in a statement posted on Facebook. "But knowing that the cruelty of our electoral process would end up splashing on the people that Diane and I love, but who had not signed up for the trip, was more than I could ask."
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Some neighbors of former President Barack Obama had urged Patrick to run for president in 2020, seeing him as capable of conducting an inspirational campaign as Washington's outsider with commercial and legal experience. Patrick had been open about considering a presidential race, and was among the potential candidates who met with Obama at the start of this year.
Patrick informed the close allies of his decision not to seek the presidency on Tuesday. In his statement released Thursday, the former governor said that the Democrats have a "clear chance" of winning respect and helping voters across the country with values that have "roots in the founding aspirations of 39; America. "
"America feels more prepared than usual for the big answers to our big challenges: it's an exciting moment that I hope will not miss you," said Patrick. "I hope I can help in any way I can: I will not simply be a presidential candidate".
Some of Patrick's closest advisers have launched a political action committee during the summer, aimed at "promoting Governor Patrick's positive vision for the Democrats to manifest around 2018" and he used it to support the medium-term candidates. The PAC still has planned meetup events across the country, according to its website.
Patrick left public life in 2015 after two terms as governor and now works for Bain Capital, the company that once hired elected senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah). Romney, the Republican presidential candidate for the 2012 GOP, faced the harsh criticism of the Democratic campaign track for his work with Bain.
After working for several years in the private sector, Patrick has returned to the mid-term political arena for 2018, traveling to countries such as Texas, Florida, Georgia and Illinois to support candidates Democrats in the held home matches.
"The people I met do not fit in a box: they are much more than just" demographic demographics ", with all the presumptions that derive from them," said Patrick. "They have the feeling that most of the political establishment most of the time sees only a cartoon version of it or neglects it altogether."
After Patrick won the governorship in 2006, his family struggled with the transition to public life. His wife, Diane Patrick, was hospitalized for depression and exhaustion at the start of her first term, and at one point Patrick took into consideration the possibility of resigning from his position, according to the Boston Globe.
Patrick grew up poor in Chicago, but became head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice under the Clinton administration after he received a scholarship to the Milton Academy's Massachusetts Preparation School and graduation from Harvard Law School . Patrick was one of Obama's first supporters in 2008.