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AP: Rubin Leaving; Bernard To Be C-O-S

A major thunderstorm is chasing everyone home early to start the three-day holiday weekend -- any clever political strategists have some news they want to dump with little attention?

Why, yes. Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, Doug Rubin, will resign in the coming weeks. Rubin, top strategist in Patrick's '06 campaign, will now set up the private consulting business that he tried to start after that election -- before he got roped back in to steer the administration back on course, after its initial bumpy start.

This was clearly a coordinated move, to put Rubin back into campaign mode for 2010 -- as Rubin indicates to the AP.

Rubin slips away at a good time, with the budget and the big reform bills done. Arthur Bernard, former Trav man who came to the Patrick team a year ago via UMass, will become the new c-o-s.

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