According to the New York Times, Deval Patrick is considering entering the race and he would need to file by Friday to make the ballot in New Hampshire.
Mr. Patrick has told party leaders that he doesn’t think any of the candidates running have established political momentum and that he thinks there is an opening for somebody who can unite both liberals and moderate Democrats, according to Democrats who have spoken to him.
I wonder what “party leaders” here means. Seems like it probably means major donors. Polls have shown that primary voters are satisfied with the current field and excited to vote in 2020. Almost all of the current candidates have high favorability ratings among Democrats. I think what major donors want is some hypothetical person who they think can capture the enthusiasm of the left while also thrilling establishment donors. I don’t think Deval Patrick would do that. A fine but not great record as governor with his corporate background and the mortgage lender and Bain baggage doesn’t seem like it would propel him to the front while playing catchup with field work. What do others think?
Also interesting to learn that Doug Rubin is working for Tom Steyer’s campaign.