BOSTON (CBS) – Deval Patrick took office amidst a wave of excitement and optimism, but I’m is hesitant to call his time as governor a success.
As Patrick’s last term comes to a close, here is his report card.READ MORE: 'The Most Horrible Experience': Logan Airport Travelers Outraged Over Spirit Airlines Cancelations
For keeping his promise to serve out his term and modeling strong personal and political values, Patrick earned an A-, with the potential to bump it up to an A if the next eight weeks go smoothly.
As for being part of an era of reforms in state ethics law, municipal management, and other areas, he received a B-.
However, while it was considerable bad luck that the economy crashed halfway through his first term. It’s now six years later, so Patrick must also share blame for the low-rated business climate and persistent unemployment, giving him a C.
“Yes there are things that have to happen and the recovery has to reach more kitchen tables,” Patrick said Wednesday. “But I’m really proud of the progress we’ve made.”
Finally, on transparency, Patrick earned an F from the Center for Public Integrity, and an F- from Keller, thanks to his administration’s habit of refusing to communicate Freedom of Information requests from the press and the public.READ MORE: Jury Selected In Trial Of Thomas Latanowich, Charged With Killing Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon
“Well you can grade that as you wish, but I think we have been enormously transparent, and have produced more than what’s been required of us,” Patrick said.
As with most politicians, Governor Patrick’s performance was neither as stellar as his allies claimed or as wretched as his enemies insisted.
A Boston Globe poll last month found 62-percent of voters rating him just an average governor.
There is speculation that the string of managerial fiascoes during the last two years drove that number up.
You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.MORE NEWS: 'This Is Temporary': Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended For Another 2 Months
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