Patrick proposes book on ‘politics of conviction’

Governor Patrick spoke at the opening of the Portsmouth, N.H., headquarters of President Obama's re-election campaign on Saturday.
Governor Patrick spoke at the opening of the Portsmouth, N.H., headquarters of President Obama's re-election campaign on Saturday.(Cheryl Senter for The Boston Globe)

Governor Deval Patrick revealed yesterday that he is in talks with New York publishers to sell a second book proposal on “the politics of conviction.’’

The governor announced his plans for the book - his second - in an e-mail to supporters. Patrick released “A Reason to Believe’’ earlier this year, having earned a $1.35 million advance.

That book focused on his personal story, emerging out of the tough neighborhoods of the South Side of Chicago into Harvard, corporate board rooms, and a job as Massachusetts’ first black governor.

In a letter sent to supporters yesterday, Patrick suggested that his next attempt would be more political, based on his themes of “making choices based on our values,’’ and “generational responsibility.’’


“I want to highlight some of the shining examples of [political conviction] across this Commonwealth and the country that are strengthening our communities and inspiring the next generation of citizens,’’ he wrote to supporters. “If we believe that there is a different way to do things, if we want to see conviction matter more than convenience in our politics, we need to start making the case for it. We need to show people there’s a better way and that it works.’’

Patrick traveled to New York yesterday to meet with publishers in hopes of selling the idea.

The book is sure to renew speculation about Patrick’s future political ambitions, a longtime subject of speculation.

It will also raise questions about the governor’s ability to juggle his responsibilities - given that he is increasingly traveling the country on behalf of President Obama’s reelection campaign and speaking in front of national Democratic groups.

“It goes without saying that the Governor’s official duties and responsibilities are his top priority,’’ said Kimberly Haberlin, the governor’s spokeswoman. “As he did with his first book, the governor will find time to write during personal time in the evenings and on weekends.’’


Patrick caused a firestorm on Beacon Hill when he inked the first book deal in 2008, just hours before lawmakers voted down his high-profile casino gambling proposal.

His opponents criticized him for focusing on the lucrative deal and not on the legislation. Despite the large advance, Patrick’s first book did not appear to sell particularly well. On, it ranked 130,259 in sales as of yesterday.

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