The party gathering was the last in office for Governor Deval Patrick, and there was no shortage of potential successors in Charlotte this past week. Such conventions are a hotbed of activists who are the lifeblood of campaigns. Politicians ignore them at their peril. But one person who set both local and national audiences abuzz was David Simas, a former Patrick aide from Taunton who is now overseeing polling and focus group research for the Obama reelection campaign in Chicago.
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