Governor Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address to an Iowa Democratic Party dinner in June, in the latest sign that he may be considering a run for president in 2016.
Patrick will speak to Democrats in the first-in-the-nation caucus state on June 15 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, an aide said today.
The visit will be his first introduction to key party activists in a state that plays a pivotal role in presidential elections, with caucuses that can vault little-known candidates into the national spotlight.
Patrick has said he has no plans to run for higher office, and is focused instead on trying to reelect his friend, President Obama. Iowa also figures to be a key swing state in this year’s presidential election.
Patrick has been traveling the country for political events frequently in his second term, stumping on behalf of Obama and raising money for his federal political action committee, the Together PAC, which has been helping to fund his travel and political operation.
He recently returned from a three-day fundraising swing to California, Oregon, and Washington. The governor has also spoken to Democratic groups in North Carolina, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Florida, and Colorado. He has upcoming trips planned to Vermont and South Carolina.
The increasing pace of his fundraising and politicking has stirred speculation that, like past Massachusetts governors, he is growing restless on Beacon Hill and is eager to make the leap to national office. Alex Goldstein, a spokesman for the Together PAC, sought to tamp down that speculation.
“He has the only job in politics he wants,” Goldstein said, “and that is serving as governor of Massachusetts.”