Deval Patrick 2020 fever is not catching on

Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts, announced on Thursday that he would join the nearly two dozen candidates vying to get the Democratic 2020 nomination—and there are plenty of people who don’t think the race needs another wealthy venture capitalist.

Patrick announced his candidacy in a video on Thursday.

“I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field. They bring a richness of ideas and experience, and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat,” Patrick says in the video. “But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country.”

And, perhaps as a good indicator of how people feel about the former governor’s foray into the crowded Democratic field, the video was amassing a ratio on Thursday morning, with more than 1,800 replies compared to just 449 retweets and 1,100 likes.

The complaints against Patrick’s candidacy touched on a number of issues including: an already bursting-at-the-seams roster of presidential hopefuls, his work at private equity firm Bain Capital, and his removal of two officials at Massachusetts’s Sex Offender Registry Board as they tried to force his brother-in-law to register as a sex offender.

It is too late for Patrick to qualify for the upcoming Democratic debate, held next Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).