Governor Patrick daughter torn about idea of a big run

While Governor Deval Patrick has repeatedly slammed shut the door to a presidential run, his daughter opened up the possibility of a future run during a recent panel discussion with her father in Washington, D.C.

“You have no idea how much trouble you’re making for me,” Patrick said on stage at a Lesbian Political Action Committee event with his daughter Katherine, as moderator Melissa Harris Perry pressed him Friday on whether he would run for the nation’s top office.

Patrick plugged his ears and howled, “No,” at the question and his daughter wagged a finger at the scattered applause from the audience, but mellowed her response when Harris asked her directly.


“Not right now, because he did promise us,” Katherine Patrick said. “We’d give him two terms, and then he’d go back to private life. But I’m not ruling it out. I mean, I think it would be really, really hard to have a father who’s the president, but my governor’s kind of awesome and I’d really love if he were my president.

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“It’s true — from a policy standpoint. As the daughter? I’m not so sure about that.”

Patrick, who won the state’s highest office as a successful lawyer in 2006, also declined to foreclose a future in government, though he repeated his intention to return to the private sector when his term ends.

“I promised, and so I’m going to find a job in a year and a half and go back into private life, and maybe one day come back into public life. We’ll see,” Patrick said.

Patrick was in the capital Friday when he attended a discussion hosted by the LPAC with his daughter on matters ranging from politics to sexuality to the Boston Marathon bombing.


Katherine described coming out as a lesbian to her parents while they made lunch at their farm in the Berkshires.

“His next sentence was, ‘So do you want ham or tuna on your sandwich?’ ” said Katherine, who was 18 at the time.

Patrick, who won a first-term victory while helping to defeat a push to place same-sex marriage before the voters, said that after his nonchalant reply, he and his wife and daughter all talked about her coming out.

Patrick said he was “denounced from the pulpit of my sister’s church” for his stance on issues of sexuality during his first run for office, and he has turned to his daughter for counsel on transgender issues.