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  Ex-rights enforcer eyes [MA] governorship Some say he could energize Democrats
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Last EditedRP  Jan 18, 2005 07:48pm
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News DateMonday, January 17, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionDeval Patrick, the nation's former top civil-rights enforcer and an experienced legal executive at two multinational corporations, is laying the groundwork for a possible campaign for governor, a move that would make him the first major African-American candidate for governor in the state's history.

In an interview late last week, Patrick, a Democrat, confirmed that he is spending the coming months speaking with an array of political and civic leaders to test the waters for his candidacy.

''I am spending almost all my time for the next month or two to figure it out," said Patrick, a 48-year-old native of Chicago's South Side. ''I have a lot of homework to do."

Patrick, who served from 1994 to 1997 as President Clinton's assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights, resigned last month after nearly four years as the chief legal counsel to Coca-Cola Co., where he was responsible for its worldwide legal affairs.
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