Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ponders 2020 run
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is thinking about joining the already crowded 2020 Democratic race for the presidency, reports the AP.
Why it matters: Some Democrats feel wary that no candidate has truly broken out in the race — all amid party handwringing that frontrunner Joe Biden's campaign is flagging, leaving the moderate lane open for a new challenger.
- Patrick would be the second high-profile contender to consider joining the Democratic race late in recent days. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed last week to enter Alabama's primary.
- There are fewer than three months until the first votes are cast, which would force Patrick to build out his campaign operations quickly.
Yes, but: His late entrance this cycle would mean that finding key staff could be difficult. Patrick's former chief of staff Doug Rubin already works for presidential candidate Tom Steyer.
What's next: While Patrick hasn't made a final decision about whether or not to run, he'll have to signal his intentions soon. The deadline to file for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary is Friday.