Mass. Gov. Patrick denies new role in DC

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November 9, 2012, 5:48 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Deval Patrick is smiling a lot, and why not?

Democrats he campaigned for swept the state, his friend President Barack Obama won his re-election and - oh yeah - he's having dinner at the the White House Friday night.

"This is an informal event, I mean, their instruction was come in jeans. That's hard for me to do in the White House, I'm old school in that sense - but it's a dinner among friends... and want to take stock of this accomplishment of the re-election," says Patrick.

The invite came during a recent call with Obama.

"He said, what are you guys doing tomorrow and I said, we're going out to the Berkshires and he said, why don't you come down, we're going to have a few friends in and come and join us so - that's what we're going to do," says Patrick.

The "social dinner" hsa set off a fresh round of inquiries about Patrick's political future. Will he take a position with the Obama administration as Attorney General perhaps?

"No, how many times are you going to ask me that question?" Patrick asks about it.

But what about Supreme Court, or perhaps an ambassador to somewhere?

"I think he'd be an asset to the administration but the Governor has to make that decision if its ever offered," says Mass. state Sen. John Keenan. "It's tough to say no to the President."

Could Governor Patrick say no to the president?

"In a whole host of different ways, we've had that conversation but, why do you guys keep asking me that question? You know what I'm going to say and then you're going to report, 'It's not true, he's gonna go.'"

Fair enough, but it's still fun to speculate.

"I think he can do both. I think he can finish out his term and take something in mid term with the Obama administration if he'd like to," says state Sen. Robert Hedlund.

But is it safe to assume that Governor Patrick will be offered a position?

His answer: No.

"There are a lot of really, there are a lot of really great options and a lot of people who are eager to work in the administration. You know at a different time and place and under different circumstances, I'd like to work in the administration but that's not this time," he says. "I have an assignment which I enjoy and I have an agenda which is still ambitious and I've got two more years to drive it and I intend to do that."

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