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No one was forced out, Patrick says

Governor Deval Patrick Thursday strongly denied he was forcing any of his departing four Cabinet secretaries to leave, including two who have been caught up in recent controversies.

At a State House press conference where both the current and incoming secretaries appeared, ­Patrick said that in an effort to prevent his administration from falling into a lame duck malaise, he had asked all his secretaries to give him a two-year commitment or to leave.

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