Gov. Deval Patrick denies interest in US Senate seat

Last modified: Sunday, December 09, 2012

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick said Tuesday he is not interested in seeking a U.S. Senate seat if John Kerry is appointed to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Obama is considering Kerry to replace Leon Panetta as secretary of defense. There also has been speculation that Kerry might succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

If Kerry resigns his Senate seat, Patrick would appoint a temporary senator until a special election is held.

Patrick, who attended Tuesday morning’s season-opening University of Massachusetts men’s basketball game at the Mullins Center, said he is not ready to publicly speculate on potential candidates for the Senate.

“One thing at a time,” he said.

He did dismiss rumors that he would be interested in the job himself.

“Serving in the Senate myself? No, no. I have the only job in politics that I’ve ever wanted,” Patrick said. “I have two more years to finish it up. We’ve got a lot to do.”

Patrick added that he is looking forward to continuing to work with Obama, who was re-elected last week.

“It’s a great time. It was a really great week last week,” Patrick said. “We’ve got tremendous work to do and it’s great to have such a good partner in the president.”

Patrick and his wife, Diane, were in Washington over the weekend for dinner with Obama.

The governor’s stay in western Massachusetts Tuesday was brief. He left the game early for an event in Worcester.


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