STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 22, 2014…..Gov. Deval Patrick’s federal political action committee has been involved with Democratic candidates in the Texas governor’s race and the Georgia Senate race, he said Thursday.
“We’re doing work with a number of candidates around the country and advancing what we’ve described before . . . as conviction politics,” Patrick told reporters Thursday after signing an early voting law.
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Together PAC Executive Director John Walsh told the News Service Thursday that Patrick has held one fundraiser for Tierney and supports Wendy Davis in Texas and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.
Davis is a Texas state senator who made headlines last year for filibustering an anti-abortion bill and is running against Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to succeed outgoing Gov. Rick Perry. Nunn is a non-profit CEO, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and will face the winner of a Republican primary in November.
Patrick said his Together PAC is working with candidates who are “willing to not only accumulate political capital, but spend it.” The work involves financial support for the candidates and help with grassroots organization and messaging, Patrick said.
Patrick’s chief of staff Brendan Ryan will join the staff of the PAC this summer, which Patrick said may allow the committee more capacity to put workers on the ground in other states.
When asked if he will be involved in elections closer to home, Patrick said he’s staying neutral in the gubernatorial race but is active in congressional races, including U.S. Rep. John Tierney’s reelection bid.
“I have been asked to help with a couple of the congressional races and I will, I probably will. I don’t know if that’s the PAC being involved, but that’s part of my political time to be sure,” Patrick said.
The Together PAC has also helped fundraise for most of New England’s Democratic governors and New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Walsh said.
As for Massachusetts’ governor’s race, Patrick says he is staying neutral until after the primary election in September because he has relationships with each of the Democratic candidates.
“I have in some cases long relationships, in some cases, not as long relationships, but a relationship, with every one of the candidates” on the Democratic side, Patrick said.
The governor had kind words for Ryan, who volunteered on his first campaign in 2005. “Brendan is probably the best thing that’s happened to me in public life. He’s an incredible person, a big brain, a very compassionate person and it’s been extraordinary to share this journey with him over the last nine and a half years,” Patrick said.
The governor’s PAC has helped facilitate his travel around the country as he winds down his second four-year term and contemplates his public and private sector options for the future. Patrick identified the PAC’s “remaining life” as “lasting until the end of this year or the beginning of next.”
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