BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Governor Deval Patrick urged the state Legislature to give judge’s more say in a 3-strikes and you’re out sentencing bill, but in the end he was shut down. Lawmakers overwhelmingly overrode his amendment and in a private ceremony, he gave in and signed the bill. He’s been avoiding the media ever since, leaving his number-two in command, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, to field questions.
“Fact of the matter is while there’s not agreement on each and every issue, I think you see very strong working relationships between the Executive branch and the House and Senate,” said Murray.
But Patrick’s failure combined with his intention to return to private industry after serving the 2-plus years left of his term have critics calling him a lame duck governor – a label his administration and fellow Democrats dismiss.
“He’s indicated that he’s not going to run again but the governor works very well with the Legislature. He’s active. He’s engaged. It’s just, you know, legislators sometimes have a difference of opinion with the Executive branch and as long as everybody keeps talking and working, I don’t think lame duckness so to speak becomes an issue,” said Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy).
was able to pass a major health care overhaul bill this year. Other lawmakers note that he’s still making his mark on what’s left of the current session, exercising his veto power this week on tax credits included in a jobs bill.
“So to the extent that he can use his leverage to be able to obstruct things he’s certainly been willing to do it,” said Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).
Lawmakers say that while there are limits to Patrick’s power, he is still regarded as someone who carries weight at the State House.
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