Deval Patrick to Mexico on Junket

Deval’s bags are packed, he’s ready to go… on yet another junket.  This week Patrick leaves on another “trade mission”, this time to Mexico and Panama.  

Writing in today’s Boston Herald, Patrick ally Kimberly Atkins takes note.

Of course, Patrick is not heading for a beach vacation this week. He and dozens of other administration officials will spend the week in Panama and Mexico on a Latin American trade mission aimed at bringing more business to the Bay State.

But long before Patrick admitted that he is keeping the door open for future political endeavors, including the possibility of a White House bid, everything he was doing already seemed to indicate just that. Beyond his recent international trade-related jaunts to Asia and Europe and Central America and elsewhere, he’s traveled heavily within the country campaigning for President Obama, stirring up audiences of progressives with his own story of rising from poverty. I’ve seen him on the stump plenty due to his frequent trips to Washington. His close friendship with the president gives him an insider’s advantage, setting up the possibility of a Cabinet appointment.

He has steadily maintained he’s headed straight from the State House to the private sector, because that is what his wife and bank account demand. But he’s never acted like a guy who was dying to hang up public life and settle for a quiet post out of the limelight, even if the job came with a hefty paycheck. That’s precisely why pundits have speculated for years about where his next government post may be, whether heading the Justice Department, sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court or even, he’s now willing to hint broadly, the West Wing.

Patrick has lost any semblance of wanting to be governor.  Even his allies are taking notice.

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