Gov. Patrick Seen Riding In SUV During “Car-Free Week”

By Ken MacLeod, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Governor Deval Patrick did walk to a morning event on Beacon Hill — a stone’s throw from the Statehouse — but was quick to sheepishly admit that he probably hadn’t set the best example earlier in the day.

“You got me!” grinned the Governor.

He’s talking about video shot by WBZ of Mr. Patrick leaving his Milton home this morning with his assigned state trooper at the wheel for the routine drive into work in his SUV.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports

One problem.

The Governor himself recently declared this “Car-Free Week,” urging people to ditch their autos in favor of public transportation, biking, walking, or at the very least carpooling — espousing the environmental and health benefits of that switch.

WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller takes a look back at politicians who were less than enthusiastic about following their own advice.

“It’s a little bit of hypocrisy,” observed one commuter.

We asked some regular folks if the Governor was ‘talking the talk’ instead of ‘walking the walk.’

“If he’s going to tell people to do something,” says another man, “he should try to do it himself. That’s the way I see it.”

“I carpooled this morning with my trooper,” says the Governor with a chuckle, “We both had to come together.”

He’s joking — and he’s not.

Of course, the Governor does have legitimate security, time, and logistics concerns.

He makes lots of stops on and off the beaten path — with a small entourage in tow — and some folks were willing to cut him some slack on that account.

“Going without a car has issues,” one woman told us. “It depends on where you’re going — where you have to be. It’s not always practical. I think you can still sell a message even if you’re not able to do it yourself that day.”

Indeed, the Governor was quick to urge people not to follow his lead.

“Look, it’s a great initiative for people who can make the most of it,” Patrick told reporters. “I hope they will and I hope during the course of the week to make the most of it, too.”

“Car-Free Week” in Massachusetts is actually an expansion of “World Car-Free Day” — which is Thursday.

A thousand cities in 40 countries are taking part.

The Governor says he’s got a crazy schedule this week, but will make good on his pledge to follow the spirit of the initiative — when he can.

The Red Line, by the way, is within walking distance of his house — one of three “T” stations within a half mile of home.

“He should be a role model for everyone,” one man told us.

“I got the gotcha question,” the governor admitted. “Believe me, I’m going to do my best.”

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  • Patrick Shea

    Governor Patrick is a hypocrite telling Massachusetts drivers to take public transportation this week to help the environment when he drove from Milton into Boston in his hybrid suv.

    • mrunpc

      Shows just how utterly MORONIC (“stupid” for you gov’t schoolies) Taxachusetts voter are, and have been, since they started electing the Kennedy clansmen.

      It’s one of the main reasons I got out of there 6 years ago.

      ANTI-Obama/Democrat/Commie/Union stickers, etc.

    • bostonBlackie

      Cadillac DeVille Patrick not playing by the rules! Stop the press. The Beautiful People who voted for this fakir should be dismayed by this hypocrite who talks out of two sides of his mouth.A typical Massachusetts phony politician who has no business being Governor. suffer in silence all of you dumbbells that voted him into office.

      • Doug

        I have 2 words WHO CARES .Is this all we care about .What kind of car does he drive and how he gets to work .WOW is this a consparacy .Ithink we or some of you people need to grow up .

    • Ian

      A hypocritical politicia, wow!

    • Guess Who

      Like Fat Boy Sex Poodle Algore.

    • G

      Go riot for more free stuff from your govt euro trash

    • eaxylogin

      I cannot of more emasculated males than Europeans. You are so whipped by the socialist governments, you are not even replacing yourselves. In 100 years, you will not even exists. Pathetic welfare statists

      • Rex

        Uh, methinks that thou art guilty of the calling the kettle black. The only reason the US still has positive population growth is because of [illegal] immigrants. And if we are not a welfare state, what, pray tell, are we? What a moron.

    • America First

      Hey Klaus,
      Soon your women will be forced to wear burquas and you’ll be praying to the pedophile mohammed in your muslim-overrun country. Your country has everybody else fight your battles for you. Sharia law is already enforced in your precious Europe.
      You are the emasculated ones.

    • Kip Noxzema

      Klaus, go eat on the streetcorner with the hobos. I’ll drive by you and laugh , on my way to a private sector job. I won’t try to dodge taxes like you. You could really do with a shower, too. Just sayin’.

    • Steven Seagal

      I, for one, see Klaus’ statements as a challenge. I’m pretty sure he knows that Europe has its own problems. Let’s take back our country!

    • Another 5 letter word for Fraud...OBAMA

    • Ruckus

      An Klaus, what Perfect Country are you from? Just curious. I think you could fit that description into most any country these days/

      • Klaus

        I am from the United States when it had a Constitution, before its people elected representatives who treated it like toilet paper. Instead of demanding their corrupt representatives be impeached and imprisoned, Americans assume the fetal position and suck their thumbs.

    • j.v.

      Wasn’t David Axelgreasecattleprod a manager for Deval Patrick as well as Obama? Well, the apples don’t fall too far from the tree….

      • Beanbreath

        Axelgreasecattleprod – classic LMFAO

      • Jerry Grimes


      • kentex1146

        Love it, love it!

    • Ken


    • Beanbreath

      “It’s a little bit of hypocrisy,” observed one commuter. A little bit??? The whole Dumasscrat party are a bunch of hypocrites. Manmade global warming and breath exhalant as pollutants. $$$$ Thats all it is.

      • Omega 13

        DING DING DING DING! We have a winner!

  • alien5

    he was probably driving a illegal to the ss office for his free handout

    • Sharon Pendleton

      LoL-Alien 5 you are hilarious. The scary thing is you are probably right. Bye,Bye
      America. It was great while it lasted.

      • John Doh!


      • Yikes

        We are not in Kansas anymore…… Welcome to Americo, land of Liberal Fools!

    • Annie Piece

      Ha! Good one alien!

  • becky carlson

    Hypocrite, just like all the rest of them….including Madam Obama….YOU eat this and that, but “I” will eat all the fat I want and YOU will pay for it. And no Thanks
    either….just hate!!!!

  • MNavorian


  • Count Yob

    Car-Free Week, like taxes, is for the little people, not the VIPs.

  • Jason Burnstein

    What a goon of a governor ! Do as say ,not as I do……creep!

    • george

      It’s the liberal way.

  • firstpoppa

    The lefty apologists are always willing to cut one of their own ‘some slack’.

  • BigBoa

    Hypocrisy from the marxists? Who would have thought? Of course this is how they ALWAYS act. When the people are governed by laws that the law makers THEMSELVES are exempt from, tyranny reigns. Obviously this wasn’t “law” but the mentality is the same. Dig?

  • JJ

    Why does my state continue to elect these liberal hypocrites to office! Time after time the liberal politicians let us down and just put our state into debt. Enough already!

    • leo

      Seriously? You are actually surprised that MA elected this ‘liberal hypocrite’? C’mon, MA is the Land of Kennedy … this is par for the course, bro!

      Could it be that the reason you are incensed at such typical liberal behavior is because you are not actually a liberal? Suggestion: Do a little research on ideology(ies) and you may come to the conclusion that a) although you live in a liberal bastion state, you may not be a liberal yourself and b) although you may identify with the Democratic party, perhaps it’s time for you to reevaluate, cut your losses, and join the rest of civilized America who concluded long ago that it’s morons like this who are running our country headlong over a cliff.

      • BOB USMC

        It’s morons like him who are following the instructions of the World Banksters, disguised as the US Government and just about every other government, who are running the WORLD headlong over a cliff and morons such as the lazy American who actually believe our “elected” officials are anything more than their puppets. 1% owns 99%. They’re not done yet. Beware the United Nations.

  • jasperddbgghost

    A black, victim, democrat, liberal, snake oil salesman that didn’t live up to his own self declared SUV Week.

    Color Me Surprised…..

    • Rod Anders

      Color me Black. I want summa dat too !!!!!

    • Jerry Grimes

      wHAT A SURPRISE INDEED!…..tHESE A-HOLES ARE A VERY SMALL COG IN THE BIG ROUND FOREVER GRINDING WHEEL. DOES THE TERMlook -in the- mirrror and u may be surprised if, you really see yourself!

  • Juan

    Gee. A liberal who is a hypocrite and a liar. What a surprise.

  • Flayer

    Yes, you little people don’t have “legitimate logistics concerns.”
    But YOU voted for him, so enjoy it, subjects of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. YOU live with your choices. Hahaha.

  • Jeffery Lebowski

    I find it interesting that this story failed to include the party designation for this hypocrite.

    I wonder, if the governor had been of a different party affiliation – would the headlines scream:


    • Sloaneranger

      My thoughts exactly Jeffery and furthermore, there is no mention on his official website of him being a Democrat either. Are they ashamed to be so named these days?

    • Vina Sestonari

      The man’s name is “Deval”. Figure it out. Did you just get off the boat or something?

      • Jeffery Lebowski

        vina –

        Yeah, well. The Dude abides.

  • dbeall

    I’ll drive my car whenever and wherever and as much as I’d like as long as I can pay for gas. It’s MY BUSINESS.

    • Deb

      I agree! My car, my money, my business!

      As it has been stated many times; They have safety concerns and, therefore, are unable to take public transit.

      Well, so do I. Our government release thousands of murderers, rapists and thieves out of prison before their time. I, for one, need to protect myself from their stupidity!

  • Tex A. Montana

    Obama continuously blusters about “millionaires and billionaires” flying their privare planes while he takes airforce 1 on a broadway play flight to NYC. The Food Czar “big mama” Obama dictates Olive Garden Menus while hubby wolfs down grease burgers. Now we have the hypocritical MA GOV riding around in his SUV and having a yuk about it. ” Holder’s people” do not play by their own rules when elevated to ppolitical office!

  • Dantes

    Typical liberal. For thee but not for me.

  • L Gorman

    Typical effete elite liberal snob like Gore, Kerry, the Kennedys, Obama, etc. – do as I say but not as I do – total hypocrites who thrive on spending other people’s money to buy votes, and deny the essence of the foundation of this guy capitalist small government FREE America given us at their blood’s expense by our founding fathers. This guy was this way in the US Attorney General’s office in the Civil Rights division. What is wrong with voters who keep electing this trash – Pelosi, Reid, Patrick, Boxer, Feinstein, Weiner, et al??????


      You forgot some other trash named CARL LEVIN and DEBBIE STABENAW

      • Liberty Jane

        No doubt! Michigan is trying to come back…if it can escape the liberal grasp of SE Mich.

    • Rod Anders

      Voters are educated to be “stupid” by the American public school system. It seems to be working.

      • BOB USMC

        The American public FOOL sysytem.

      • BOB USMC

        Fool System. See it works.

      • george

        You got that right! Back during the ’60s the lefties figured out that they would have to “think local” as a prelude to taking over “the system” that they openly detested. And so, they ran their candidates in local school board elections and gradually wormed their way into the editorial offices of the MSM. As a result, they’ve been able to dumb down the public-school curricula and turn the schools into propaganda mills churning out generations of imbeciles. Likewise, they control the flow and content of the news on which the public needs to rely. In other words, get ’em young, and repeat the Big Lie till most people believe it. Little wonder that an empty suit like Obama can be flim-flammed into the White House.

  • Da Big Red Haole

    All people are created equal. Some people are just more equal than others.

    • Liberty Jane

      You are unique…just like everyone else!

  • snapper

    Sorta like Michelle Obama’s extravagant regal travel arrangements versus the lifestyle of the average American…

  • DWR

    They’re not liberals – they’re LIEberals.

  • diablo

    How is it possible that this “green” governor takes an SUV to work every day? If he wants the comfort and security of a car instead of public transportation, that’s fine… But does it need to be an SUV? For two people??? The hypocrisy is astonishing. And when he gets caught, he laughs it off, and tells people to do as he says, not as he does… Wow.

    • george

      I’m sure it was all a big joke . . . just like the way Obama shrugged off all those “shovel-ready jobs” that — gee whiz — didn’t exist after all. Hee hee.

  • Michael

    Everybody is equal, it’s just that some people are more equal than the others.

  • liberalsRmental

    A liberal hypocrite? What’s new, the words are synonyms.

  • Vina Sestonari

    The governor feels the same way as I do.

    Mass transportation is great! (for other people).

    • Michael Mulligan

      Actually, mass transit is bad for you too. You don’t use it but you pay for it. Not only that, the roads needed are not built so your gas tax goes for ‘mass’ transit.

  • Paul in FL

    Take your car-free week and every other one of your politically correct, holier-than-thou special days, weeks, months, and years and shove ’em up your you-know-what.

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