On Wednesday, Governor Deval Patrick will hold his first public event in Massachusetts in four weeks.
Since July 31, Patrick has not made a single public appearance in this state, according to his office.
On Wednesday morning, Patrick is set to attend a political event with a candidate for an open state Representative seat, according to the State House News Service. Wednesday afternoon, the governor will attend a commemoration at the Old South Meeting House in Boston.
According to his office, tomorrow’s public events will be his first in Massachusetts since the end of the July, when he chaired a meeting of the Governor’s Council, an obscure elected body that, among other duties, approves gubernatorial judicial appointments.
In the 28 days since he’s been away, Patrick has spent some time at his second home in the Berkshires. He also had dinner with President Obama on the Vineyard earlier this month.
His office did not immediately provide specific details about the governor’s time away from Beacon Hill.
“Like many people, the Governor has taken some time to recharge in August—to the extent that such a thing is possible for any sitting Governor,” spokeswoman Jesse Mermell said in a statement to the Globe. “He has been keeping a schedule of meetings, briefings, and calls, but has attended fewer public events this past month.”
Republicans in the state have attacked Patrick for spending so much time out of the public eye. Last week, the chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party dinged Patrick for what was, at that point, almost three weeks without an event.
“It is unacceptable for Patrick to spend three weeks of paid vacation while Massachusetts families lose their jobs...” Kirsten Hughes said in a statement.
But the governor’s aides said Patrick has remained connected to the day-to-day necessities of governing, pointing out he has signed a number of pieces of legislation into law.
The governor did have a public event in Washington, D.C. over the weekend when he attended events related to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
On Wednesday, Patrick is set to speak to the press at the Old South Meeting House in Boston before ringing bells to commemorate the anniversary of King’s speech.