I cast my vote yesterday in Massachusetts' contentious gubernatorial Democratic primary for Deval Patrick
. All three candidates in the race have good ideas for the future of the state, but Patrick offers something unique: a movement for a politics of hope and citizen empowerment. In the last year, he's built a rarely seen broad-based grassroots movement that has united folks across the state and in his own words, "invited people who've checked out to c
heck back in." Cut from the Barack Obama cloth, Patrick is about bringing a new spirit to politics. As my local newspaper put it
, "To him, politics is not a zero-sum where one side wins by making the other side lose, and it's not about him. It's about us."
Patrick's story is also pretty damn inspiring. Born on the south side of Chicago, he won a scholarship from the elite Milton Academy and then Harvard (followed by Harvard Law). After working as a civil rights activist and organizer, he became the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights during the Clinton Administration. He then joined the private sector and worked as a corporate lawyer.
If you haven't read or heard about Patrick yet, you'll be hearing about him soon. If you have a moment, check out his web site
and be sure to watch a few of his speeches and television spots.