Patrick, who formally entered the Democratic primary race yesterday, will undoubtedly be prepared for some ugly attacks from the left and right. Patrick said in 2018 that he wouldn’t run in 2020 because of the “cruelty” of elections in America today. Now, one story from Patrick’s past is already being brought to light.
In The New York Times article about his candidacy yesterday, the paper highlighted the biggest scandal of Patrick’s time in office as a Massachusetts governor.
In 1993, Patrick’s brother in law Bernard Sigh was convicted of spousal rape of Patrick’s sister, Rhonda. Years later, when Sigh was off of probation and had served time behind bars, he was going to be registered as a sex offender in Massachusetts.
Patrick was accused of intervening and retaliating against hearing officers and the chairwoman of the Sex Offender Registry Board for trying to register Sigh. At the time, several women in the Massachusetts government also came forward accusing Patrick of minimizing rape with the alleged pressure campaign to keep Sigh off the sex offender list.
This past summer, Sigh was convicted of spousal rape for the second time — and this time he was sentenced to six to eight years in prison, resurfacing many of the old scandals from Patrick’s time in office.
NEW: Deval Patrick informed Pres Obama this week about his decision to run, per source close to Obama. Source adds that Obama, who is friends with Patrick, wished him well and offered same advice he’s given to other candidates who’ve sought his counsel. https://t.co/XAKH4uVZn1— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) November 14, 2019
Bloomberg, on the other hand, is still deciding to run. But if he does, it’s likely that he will have to respond to his past comments about women.
The New York Times ran a full story on Bloomberg’s history, something that most pundits would view as disqualifying for anyone trying to run with liberal support.
Some of those comments stem from a gag gift Bloomberg was given in 1990 with a list of quotes employees had attributed to him. One remark that Bloomberg allegedly uttered was, “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.”
In another, Bloomberg joked, ”I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site” and ”doesn’t get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one.” He also compared women to a computer terminal that would perform oral sex.
"In a 1998 deposition, Mr. Bloomberg was asked about his threshold for believing a rape allegation; 'I guess an unimpeachable third-party witness,' he replied."@grynbaum on Bloomberg's history of demeaning and dismissive comments about womenhttps://t.co/Mr0rF8cBml— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) November 14, 2019
An editor’s note at the beginning of the book, detailed in a 2001 New York Times article, says “these are actual quotes” and “nothing has been embellished or exaggerated.”
Both Bloomberg and Patrick are facing an uphill battle in the race as it is. Patrick is not a household name and Bloomberg, who is, polled sixth amongst Democrats in the first comparative look at how voters felt about him. These stories will surely do damage to their chances if the public becomes aware of them.
“Mike has come to see that some of what he has said is disrespectful and wrong,” a spokesman for Bloomberg told The New York Times. “He believes his words have not always aligned with his values and the way he has led his life.”