Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has shaken up his staff and boosted his presence in campaigns across the country.
The governor’s chief of staff, Brendan Ryan, will step down this summer to join Patrick’s political action committee. The governor insists Ryan’s new gig does not mean Patrick is gearing up for a run for national office.
“His time at the PAC is helping us with the work of the PAC for the remaining life of the PAC, which is probably the end of this year, beginning of next,” Patrick said.
Patrick has said he won’t run for president in 2016, but he hasn’t ruled out other opportunities later. In the meantime, he’s using the funds in his PAC to get involved in races in other states, like Texas and Georgia.
“We’ve been asked to help with tips on grassroots organizing, which you know is important to how we approach things, and also how folks talk about issues,” he said.
Patrick’s political fund had about $200,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of March.