Patrick says he will serve out full term

January 4, 2011

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BOSTON—Gov. Deval Patrick reiterates he's not going to seek a third term in 2014, but he also says he's not going resign before completing his second term.

The Democrat told The Associated Press on Tuesday he will complete his term no matter what other opportunities may be offered him.

His strong re-election performance in November has prompted talk of Patrick challenging Republican Sen. Scott Brown for re-election in 2012.

Meanwhile, Patrick's strong ties to President Barack Obama regularly sparks speculation about him taking an administration job.

The questions gained currency during the 16 years that Republicans controlled the Corner Office. Both William Weld and Paul Cellucci resigned before completing their terms as governor. And both Jane Swift and Mitt Romney did not seek re-election.