Gov. Patrick Considered Resigning

By Sarah Birnbaum

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Feb. 9, 2011

BOSTON — Governor Deval Patrick's tenure in office — now beginning its second term — might have been only weeks long.

The governor and his wife, Diane, attended a state dinner together in 2010. (AP)

That's because the governor considered resigning shortly after he took office, according to his soon-to-be-released memoir.

In the book, he wrote that his wife, Diane, was battling depression in early 2007, as Patrick was navigating his first weeks on the job. She was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. 

Speaking Wednesday, Patrick said they weren't sure if they could weather four years in public life.

"I’m honored to have this job.  I love doing it.  Even on the hardest day, it’s a privilege. But my family comes first. And the period that was reported on was a particularly challenging time in our family but we worked our way through it," Patrick said.

Patrick has said he'll serve out the entirety of his second term, countering speculation he might leave office early to run for Senate in 2012.

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