(RE: Duval Patrick, candidate for Governor)
Senators seethe over Patrick
First it was US Senator Edward M. Kennedy who was quickly steamed about Patrick. Now Massachusetts' other US senator, John F. Kerry, is burning over Patrick's public posturing at his expense.
As Kerry licked his wounds in self-exile last week, Patrick, at a gubernatorial debate in Boston, was telling Massachusetts voters that the senator's much-maligned attempt at humor was "dumb." At the time, the senator's flubbed joke at a California political event was the talk of the political world, targeted by President Bush and many Democrats, too.
A senior Democratic source said Kerry and his staff were quite unhappy over Patrick's statement. Kerry cancel ed his scheduled campaign tour for Patrick this weekend, but it is not clear whether the Democratic gubernatorial nominee's comments had anything to do with his decision. Kerry is lying low anyway after the political beating he took.
Although it hasn't stopped him from working hard for Patrick's election, Kennedy, through intermediaries, has let the candidate know that he is none too happy to see Patrick touting his strong support for the Cape Wind project to place 120 turbines in Nantucket Sound. Patrick has pointed to his support of the project to demonstrate he is free from the influence of his political allies.