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.”
Addressing the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Patrick said he is invigorated by the chance to work with the government and private sectors to solve problems.
“That’s what I love about this job. That’s why I ran for a second term, and why I’m not going anywhere,” he said, as some in the crowd applauded. “That’s why I’ll be back in front of you next year, and the year after that, with an equally ambitious agenda, pushing hard for more progress until I walk down the front steps of the State House at the end of my term” in January 2015.
The final comment evoked the “Lone Walk” a departing governor makes out of the center door on the front of the State House, and down its granite steps, to symbolically return to civilian life.
Former governor Mitt Romney made it in January 2007 — and immediately jumped into a campaign for president that continues today.Glen Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.