Governor Deval Patrick flew this afternoon to Chicago to meet with David Axelrod, the campaign operative who engineered President Obama's 2008 victory and helped elect Patrick in 2006.
Patrick's meeting with Axelrod follows a meeting earlier this week between Patrick and Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Patrick said after his reelection that he was eager to assume a greater national role and help his friend Obama get reelected in 2012.
Patrick and Axelrod will meet for breakfast tomorrow morning, said David M. O'Brien, executive director of the Deval Patrick Committee, which is paying for the trip.
O'Brien said Patrick's role in Obama's reelection campaign has not yet been defined.
"We're actually looking for them to tell us what kind of ways we can be helpful," O'Brien said.
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