Next Score View the next score

    Patrick says he wouldn’t resign to become US attorney general

    Governor Deval Patrick
    Globe File
    Governor Deval Patrick

    Governor Deval Patrick said today he would not resign his current office to become US attorney general for President Obama’s second term.

    “No,” the governor told the Globe when asked the question after he participated in a forum for an audience of Boston business leaders.

    “I like what I do, and I have more that I want to accomplish in the next two years,” Patrick added. “And then I promised [my wife] Diane that I’d go back into the private sector, and I’m going to keep that promise.”


    Obama, Patrick, their wives, and about a dozen others shared what was billed as a “social dinner” last Friday at the White House. The president had been reelected three nights earlier, and Patrick had served as a surrogate campaigner.

    Get This Week in Politics in your inbox:
    A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    The governor said the evening “was about laughing and drinking and telling stories,” but there was no conversation about him joining the Cabinet.

    Patrick’s term expires in January 2015.

    Glen Johnson can be reached at johnson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.