Card has interest in running but doubts ‘political reality’

By Jim O’Sullivan/State House News Service

Mon Sep 29, 2008, 05:58 PM EDT

Andrew Card, the Holbrook native who served for more than five years as President George W. Bush’s chief of staff, said he would like to run for office in Massachusetts but recognizes he would be saddled with a potentially insurmountable albatross because he is a political relative of the unpopular president.

Card, two-and-a-half years removed from his post as the longest-serving White House chief of staff in the television era, criticized Gov. Deval Patrick’s performance in office and said one-party rule has hurt the state’s ability to lure business investments.

“I love the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I do,” Card said. “I’m passionate about the politics, I’m passionate about the policies. But I don’t want you to think I’m auditioning for governor or senator or anything like that. But I do feel an obligation to be part of the political process in Massachusetts, because it’s my home.”

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