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Patrick says he'll stay in Mass.

We noted a couple weeks back that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was headed out to Iowa to address a Democratic Party dinner, which inevitably raises the question of whether he's interested in national office. Today, the Globe's Glen Johnson has Patrick tamping down such talk:

His friendship with President Obama has sparked talk of a Cabinet appointment or a Supreme Court nomination should the Democrats retain the White House this fall.

His travel to presidential primary states, national TV appearances, and book-writing have prompted speculation about his own presidential candidacy in 2016 should Obama lose reelection.

And a couple of long weekends in the Berkshires, a lengthy trade mission to South America, and vacations to such exotic locales as Paris and the Virgin Islands have fueled the opinion he’s lost interest in the drudgery of his current job.

An amused-but-exasperated Governor Deval Patrick today has an answer for all the chatter: “I’m not going anywhere.”

If Patrick keeps that promise and serves out his term, he'll be the first Bay State governor since Michael Dukakis to stay on the job through two full terms. I don't know what it says about Massachusetts, but every governor since then has either declined to run for reelection or resigned to accept an ambassadorship.

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