Move over, Elizabeth Warren—there’s another #mapoli luminary stirring speculation of a 2020 presidential run. Former Governor Deval Patrick’s recent comments to an NPR affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri have stoked talk that he might be eyeing the White House, and there’s other circumstantial evidence that suggests it’s not just idle chatter. But how likely is it that both Warren and Patrick would both get in the race?
In this episode of the Scrum, WGBH senior editor Ken Cooper offers some inside intel which indicates Patrick may have been contemplating a run for a while; Peter Kadzis argues that signs point to Patrick being very serious about a bid; and Adam Reilly waxes nostalgic about Patrick’s ability to make everyone he talks to feel like they’re being listened to with the utmost attentiveness. Taking a different tack: former Patrick campaign manager / current Setti Warren senior advisor John Walsh, who urges Cooper, Kadzis, and Reilly not to treat Patrick for President as a done deal...yet.
The Scrum podcast heads to Capitol Coffee on Beacon Hill for a chat with the former (and future?) Senator Mo Cowan. Reilly speaks with him about wrestling Mitch McConnell, what Charlie Baker learned from Deval Patrick, and why he's not ruling out a return to public life.
It's cart-before-the-horse week at The Scrum -- Lighting Rounds today and an extra-special State of the Commonwealth/State of the Union edition of The Scrum on Monday.
In the meantime, watch Adam Reilly and David Bernstein talk about encouraging poll results for both Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and GOP corner-office aspirant Charlie Baker, while Reilly and Peter Kadzis compare the financial situations in which Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh find themselves.