BOSTON —Friday, June 23, 2006—Boston City Councilor Stephen Murphy this
week endorsed Deval Patrick, citing Patrick’s vision for leading the
state. Murphy joins more than 70 state and local officials who are
supporting Patrick’s gubernatorial campaign, showing continued momentum
for Patrick’s candidacy following his decisive victory at the
Democratic State Convention earlier this month.
“In my view, Deval Patrick is the best choice— really, the only choice
for Democrats this year,” said Murphy. “He is running a grassroots
campaign about the issues people care about and his candor and
leadership are really connecting with people in Boston and across the
Last fall, Patrick began unveiling elements of his plan for Moving
Massachusetts Forward. To date, he has released plans for economic
development, education, health care, energy and the environment,
partnering with local cities and towns and streamlining state
government. In the later plan, Patrick identified $735 million that can
be cut from state government annually. His strategies include limiting
legislative earmarks, enforcing wage and hour laws, improving detection
of Medicaid fraud and increasing budgetary transparency.
In 2005, former US Labor Secretaries Robert Reich and Alexis Herman
endorsed Patrick in a Boston Globe Op-Ed column. In that piece they
talked about Patrick’s ability to bring different parties to the table
to get things done. U.S. Congressmen Jim McGovern, Michael Capuano,
Barney Frank, John Tierney and John Olver have also announced their
support for Patrick.
“I am honored and excited to have the endorsement of Councilor Murphy,”
Patrick said. “He shares my determination to base this campaign on the
people of the Commonwealth and the issues they care about.”
Patrick’s grassroots campaign has over 5,000 volunteers and has raised
more than $3.7 million, including more than $700,000 in donations
raised through the campaign's website, www.devalpatrick.com. Each day,
volunteers fill the campaign’s headquarters in Charlestown.