September 9th, 2009
02:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Massachusetts governor faces challenge from a former Democrat

Deval Patrick will face a challenge from former Democrat
Deval Patrick will face a challenge from former Democrat

(CNN) – Beset by a sinking approval rating and an ongoing budget crisis, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is facing a gubernatorial challenge from a former member of his own party.

State Treasurer Timothy Cahill announced Wednesday he will formally challenge the one-term governor as an independent candidate next year, a move that could set up a civil-war of sorts in the state's Democratic Party.

"I do not enter this race to run against any individual or party," Cahill said in an official announcement speech in Boston. "Instead I run because I believe we need new leadership to make Massachusetts a vibrant place once again."

Patrick, a Harvard-educated lawyer and former member of the Clinton Justice Department, was elected overwhelmingly in 2006 but has since seen his poll numbers sputter after a series of controversies and the ongoing decline of his state's economy.

A Boston Globe survey earlier this summer put Patrick's approval rating at 35 percent, the lowest in his three-year tenure.

Cahill, who has served as the state's treasurer since 2003, formally severed ties with the Democratic Party earlier this summer, citing then his opposition to one party rule in the state and the Patrick administration's fiscal policy.

On the Republican side, former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care executive Charles Baker has announced he will also mount a gubernatorial run.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Franky

    So, who you got your $ on? Na'h, I'm playing, I wish I was a bookie, hilarious!! I can't believe people believed me.

    Power to Conservatism, old-school baby!

    September 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Leo

    i'm from Worcester, MA and I'll be supporting Treasurer Cahill for governor. i encourage Democrats to compare Tim Cahill and Deval Patrick and see why Tim's the better choice!

    September 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Luke

    Patrick should win

    September 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. cat

    Deval Patrick has his work set out for him if he plans to win.

    September 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Massachusetts is going broke due to liberal spending like California and the universal health care program they passed under Gov. Romney. The problem cannot be taxes as it is a very over taxed state.

    September 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. need new leadership to make Massachusetts a vibrant place once again

    while I don't care which of the many choices of parites leads, although I think the GOP would be a bad idea as they are a complete joke, picking a good governor is very important

    look what happens when you pick a bad one (Alaska)

    September 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Lisa, Saugus MA

    Gov Patrick a Harvard man...where have we heard that before? Oh yeah the guy living at 1600 Penn. Ave. went to Harvard and just like MA the economy is a mess!

    We also have forced health care upon us. If we don't have it we get a penalty at tax time. Seems I heard on CNN that some in the democratic party want to put a $3800 penalty on those who don't have health coverage.

    Deval Patrick=Barack Obama

    I agree with Cahill in that MA needs to become vibrant again. We need a little less of one party rule!!! Maybe an independant will run for Senator Kennedy's seat!!!

    September 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Deep Throat

    Is it possible Massachusetts is finally moving away from the

    Kennedy imposed one-party state?

    September 9, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Deval Patrick – another far-left clown that needs a pink slip.

    September 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. cgillette369

    another puppet of PRESIDENT DAVID AXELROD.
    AXELROD is too busy to to keep up PATRICK's teleprompter.

    September 9, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Sam's Nemesis

    If Deval Patrick were anymore irrelevant he would be a liberal . Oh wait he is. Go, party of the Donkey..............

    September 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Proud Member..Party of No

    A democrat running the economy into the ground? No way!

    September 9, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. What's next on the socialist agenda?

    Being from Mass, I look forward to voting AGAINST Deval Patrick as he is another Axelraud fraud who was all full of fuzzy bunny speeches based on nothing but myths and slogans. Hmmmmm?

    I made bumper stickers titled Dump Deval 2010 – as together WE didn't and I can't keep enough in stock in my car.

    I paid money out of my pocket to spread the truth about this fraud who never ran a city, state or a company and was nothing but YEP, a token feel good election.

    A far superior white woman was set aside for this NOTHING of a politician.

    Deval, take your new Caddy and new drapes with you, CAN'T WAIT.

    September 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Bea Patridge

    Seems Harvard graduates are matriculating without the capabilities that great college once had... How do these people get through the tests, or are they exempted for some reason?

    September 9, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Hmmm, democrat voters divided = Republican victory?

    That would be change alright, but this time it would be change for the better.

    September 9, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. fellow from chicago

    With no Kennedy for the Dems to hide behind in Massachusetts, a two party system may once again surface in this great colonial state. Today an Independent, tomorrow a Republican. Why not,? Aside from Obama's socialism this is America where a great people still reside.

    September 9, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. furrwantedd

    ALL of these liberal radical democrats need to GO! Stop telling the citizenry how to live and step to the side. We need a more conservative viewpoint and future in our state as well as in our country.
    And the democrats, especially Patrick can take their "readiness schools' and take them elsewhere. We do not need charter schools, readiness schools and god knows whatever else kind of schools you radical democrats invest to siphon out the money from our public schools!

    September 9, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Luke Brown

    It's a little cowardly of Cahill not to run in a primary of one of the major parties. It guarantees someone will win without a majority ... never a good idea.

    September 9, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. victim of republican greed

    Maybe John McCain can endorse another meat head baseball player to run for governor just like his choice of Schilling for MA senate.

    September 9, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Independent Bob

    Good for him running as an idependent!

    September 9, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Stoker

    Would love to see MA. get away from the liberal goofs.

    September 9, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. carlo

    Some of you are seething with hatred on here. You can barely contain yourselves.

    Down here in Louisiana, they were pushing Blanco out in favor of Jindal ( I even voted for him). He has made our lives miserable. Bad politicians have no party affiliation.

    September 9, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Independent Bob

    Good for him running as an independent!

    September 9, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. victim of republican greed

    I wish you Hannity and Beck cultists would stop using and accusing everyone that disagrees with stupidity as being socialist. This is just like the same crap we had to endure in the early 50's from Joe McCarthy. While it will ensure the GOP will continue to be insignificant, it is extremely divisive and not in our country's best interest.

    September 9, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    The people of Massachusetts must not be to bright, they elected a murdering boozer as senator for over 40 years, so I am sure it really does not matter who runs. I do believe Charles Manson could talk about how great Teddy Kennedy was and get himself elected to any office in Massachusetts. Just a bunch of unionized thugs run the place that why taxes are so high and they are so broke.

    September 9, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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