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Patrick Defends Request To Have Potholes Filled Ahead Of Michelle Obama Visit

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BOSTON (CBS) – Bad weather can make a mess of the roads, but that’s apparently not a problem for Gov. Deval Patrick.

Gov. Patrick confirmed to WBZ-TV his staff asked town officials to fill all the potholes on the road that leads to his home in Richmond, which is a town in Western Mass.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

First Lady Michelle Obama will be there for a $20,000-a-seat fundraiser for the president’s campaign on Aug. 3.

The governor defended the request, saying that when the town found out about the First Lady’s visit, officials asked if there was anything they could do to make her feel welcome.

Patrick said fixing the potholes was the first thing that came to mind.

“I took the opportunity as a citizen to say you could actually repair the potholes we’ve been bumping over,” Governor Patrick told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones.

The governor denied receiving any special treatment.

“I think any citizen gets to ask to have repairs made on his street,” he said.

The repairs, according to the Boston Herald, will only cost a couple hundred dollars.

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