Governor Patrick says “maybe’’ to presidential run after 2016 election

Governor Deval Patrick cracked the door on Sunday to a potential White House run after the 2016 election, using a governors’ conference in Washington DC to stir national buzz.

Asked in an interview with Politico whether he could see himself running for national office, Patrick, who has ruled out vying for the 2016 nomination, replied, “Maybe. Maybe.’’

“That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years and she’s a tough one to convince,’’ Patrick told the popular Beltway publication.

He dangled the notion of returning to government after “a break’’ once his second term ends early next year.

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“I’d like to have another opportunity to serve. I believe in service. I enjoy it,’’ the governor said. “I also like coming and going, you know, because I think that my private-sector life has contributed to how I think about public-sector challenges and what I do in the public sector.’’

Patrick has told associates he wants to return to the private sector, where he enjoyed a lucrative career as a corporate attorney before winning the governorship in 2006.

But he also previously has signaled intentions to remain active on the national political scene. Last year, he hired his first campaign manager, former state Democratic Party chair John Walsh, to run his political action committee, Together PAC, with an eye on supporting like-minded candidates across the country.

Patrick and state executives are in Washington for the National Governors Association winter meeting.

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