The open discussion on this blog is an important part of changing politics in Massachusetts. I’d like to thank each of you for your efforts in this regard (even you, RML). If you were at the Hynes last night, you witnessed one of the most remarkable political events that I have ever experienced. If you missed it, you can check out Senator Obama at: http://blog.devalpatrick.com/
The nature of important moments in campaigns, like the one we enter during the next 48 hours, frequently results in rumors and mis-communications becoming the focus of many who are watching.
For that reason, I appreciate that this forum allows me an opportunity to state clearly a few points regarding the official position of the Deval Patrick campaign on matters of importance to convention attendees and observers and to share with you a communication I sent to our staff and organizers this morning.
First, our positions:
(1) We DO NOT support ANY rules or charter changes that could be put forward to change the rules of this competition and we would urge all delegates to reject this kind of last-minute gamesmanship and goofiness. Let’s focus on the candidates, the issues and the vision we offer as the whole world looks on.
(2) We urge all delegates who can – please come to Worcester tonight. Just an opportunity to hear Ted Kennedy and to strongly endorse the reelection of the greatest United States Senator in history is worth the trip. Tonight is Ted’s night – let’s celebrate with him.
Next, the message I sent to our staff and organizers earlier this morning:
Hey Friends -
Deval’s campaign has been built by you over these months and we are grateful to you for those efforts. The next 48 hours will be an important measuring stick for where we are as we focus on the primary in September. As I am sure you have heard, Deval as put forward our goal to ask every delegate in the hall for their vote much as we will ask every voter in September and again in November. As we ask you to work hard to win over new members for this grassroots campaign, I would ask you to maintain the sense of dignity and civility that you have exhibited so far. It’s worked – and it reflects the kind of candidate and the kind of man Deval Patrick is. Deval frequently reminds me of the words of his grandmother – “Remember who you are and what you represent.” If you keep those words in mind over these next two days, Deval will have a victory to be proud of and you will have established a foundation to build on starting on Sunday.
Thank you again for all you are doing. See you in Worcester.
Be proud of what you are doing. I am proud to be associated with each and every one of you.
Deval Patrick for Governor