President Barack Obama is coming to town to try to energize voter turnout on behalf of his friend and fellow Democrat, Gov. Deval Patrick.
He’s also hoping his visit Saturday will avoid a repeat of a similar trip in January, when he made a last-second trip to endorse Martha Coakley in her unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate.
Boston College political science professor Marc Landy says the trip makes sense, because Patrick and the president share not only Chicago roots and a Harvard Law degree, but a political consulting team.
Some analysts view the Massachusetts race as a bellwether for the president’s 2012 re-election prospects.
Landy says if Patrick wins re-election, “It will boost Obama’s self-confidence.”