Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick: I'm not running for president

July 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM
| License Photo

BOSTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he plans to return to private life after he finishes his second term and will not run for U.S. president.

John Walsh's move from state Democratic chairman to head of Patrick's political action committee had raised speculation about a presidential bid, but Patrick said he is not thinking about running for president in 2016, The Boston Globe reported.

"I'm going to finish this second term, I'm going to go back into the private sector. And as Diane, my wife says, pay some attention to our family and friends while they are still willing have us pay some attention," Patrick said during a visit to the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Patrick said he hopes to use his PAC to help people who are not career politicians seek political office.

Elected governor in 2006, Patrick is the first black to lead the state. He finishes his second term in January 2015.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
10-month-old Turkish baby rescued after floating out to sea
Immigrant who shot S.F. woman was deported 5 times in the past, police say
5-year-old Florida girl killed by leaping sturgeon
Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in months
Stonie upsets Chestnut at Nathan's annual Hot Dog Eating Contest