Governor Deval Patrick responded today to the Suffolk/Channel 7 poll with a statement. The Governor essentially tells us that his job requires long term planning and he cannot be distracted by short term political considerations. From the Governor:
Governor Patrick has worked on long-term issues that will help us get through the current economic crisis, grow jobs, and secure our common economic future. He is tackling tough issues — including auto insurance reform, police details, health care, fixing our broken roads and bridges with the gas tax, and comprehensive ethics and pension reforms to restore public confidence — that will provide long-term benefits to the Commonwealth but also bring with them political consequences.
This focus on the long-term, rather than the next day’s headlines or poll results, will position Massachusetts to come out of the economic downturn stronger and better prepared to recover. Governor Patrick believes it is too early to focus on politics, and he is working 24/7 to do the job the voters elected him to do.
That is what he said he’d do when he ran and when the time is right to ask the voters for another four years, he believes they will see the benefit of having a Governor who does just that; and he looks forward to running on his record.