2020 Democrat Deval Patrick Cancels Campaign Event When Only 2 People Show Up
The former Massachusetts governor is apparently running for president
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick canceled an event for his Democratic 2020 campaign on Wednesday after only two people showed up.
Patrick launched a late Democratic presidential bid last week, but it appears as though nobody noticed, or cares.
Patrick, who was appointed by Bill Clinton as the United States assistant attorney general for the civil rights division of the United States Department of Justice in 1994, was scheduled to speak at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
The historically black men's college is located fairly close to the venue for Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate.
Patrick's campaign event was organized by students from the New Deal Democrats.
A photo uploaded to Twitter of the event shows just two people waiting for Patrick to arrive.
Campaign reporter for ABC News, Cheyenne Haslett, says she went to the Deval Patrick event at Morehouse College, tweeting an image of the empty venue:
"It was a very empty room. A few minutes later, after the students notified the campaign that there were only a few students there, he cancelled."
This was the @DevalPatrick event at @Morehouse College right around the time we were told he was 2 minutes away. It was a very empty room. A few minutes later, after the students notified the campaign that there were only a few students there, he cancelled. pic.twitter.com/9T9rmbeI49— Cheyenne Haslett (@cheyennehaslett) November 21, 2019
The student organization told ABC News it was given only given 24 hours’ notice about the event and the campaign said Patrick canceled because he was late from another event and had to catch a flight.
The campaign added that Patrick would reschedule his Morehouse visit, Haslett reported.
Patrick filed November 14 to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot in February.
It's not the first time Patrick has had trouble filling a room.
New York Times reporter Jennifer Medina tweeted a photo of a nearly empty room at another event on Monday.
Both Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg have spoken at the historically black college.
Bernie Sanders is scheduled there Thursday.
Patrick is the most recent entry into the crowded Democratic field, announcing his intentions to seek the White House last Thursday.
He was reportedly an early favorite of President Obama, but a year ago said he wasn't planning to run.
Sensing a weak field, with no clear frontrunner, Patrick threw his hat into the ring last week, before the New Hampshire primary's filing deadline.
Patrick called his longshot bid a "Hail Mary from two stadiums over."
But he's managed to quickly get a campaign operation off the ground.
In a week's time, he's appeared in New Hampshire, California, Nevada, Iowa, South Carolina - and tried for Georgia.
At Saturday's California event in Long Beach in front of a progressive crowd, Politico called it a win because he didn't get booed.
Though, as one Democratic strategist said, "He doesn't have enough name I.D. to get booed."
Patrick's entry came days after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed that he was also thinking about jumping in.
Bloomberg had also previously said he wouldn't run.