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  Bright Star of Mass. Tarnished by Lapses
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Last EditedArmyDem  Mar 18, 2007 08:40pm
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateMonday, March 19, 2007 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description'Don't Give Up on Me,' Gov. Patrick Pleads

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 18, 2007; Page A04

BOSTON -- Only a few months ago, Deval Patrick was being hailed by his party as a savior, becoming Massachusetts's first Democratic governor in 16 years and only the second African American to lead a state since Reconstruction.

But circumstances have changed quickly for Patrick, as they have often in a life that saw him plucked from the South Side of Chicago at 14 and awarded a scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the Boston suburbs. He was recently forced to plead, "Don't give up on me," to state residents, and at a news conference Friday he found himself repeatedly sidestepping questions about a staff shake-up that included the resignation of a controversial aide.

Missteps involving the use of state funds and a series of gaffes have transformed a budding star who was swept into office running as an outsider into something the rough-and-tumble arena of Massachusetts politics is more familiar with: an embattled pol.
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