Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said the attorney general's job is an "enormously important" one, "but it's not one for me right now" at an event in Worcester, Massachusetts, Thursday afternoon.
"First of all I want to say of Eric Holder that he has distinguished himself and the role of the Attorney General, as Attorney General, and I thank him for his service to the administration and his service to the nation," Patrick said. "That’s an enormously important job but it’s not one for me right now."
The statement was relayed to NECN by a spokesperson for Patrick's office.
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According to State House News Service, Patrick had listed a visit to Washington, D.C. on his public schedule for the week without any supplemental information about the purpose of his trip. A Patrick aide said Thursday that the governor plans to attend a Congressional Black Caucus roundtable on Friday.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce Thursday that he will resign after nearly six years leading the Justice Department, a Justice Department official told NBC News. Holder, the first African American to hold the job of attorney general, has agreed to remain in his post until the confirmation of his successor.
Patrick has been rumored for a position in President Barack Obama's cabinet in the past. He has also been discussed as a possible 2016 presidential contender.