WHW: Governor In, Governor Out 

Deval Patrick. Photo via Facebook

A former Massachusetts Governor jumped in and a former South Carolina Governor parachuted out. 

This week’s U.S. Presidential campaign continues to operate under the cloud of the impeachment hearings in Washington. The Democratic field welcomed another entry as Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor from 2007 to 2015, announced his intentions to seek the party’s nomination. 

“This time is more than about removing an unpopular and divisive leader, as important as that is, but about delivering instead for you,” Patrick said in his campaign announcement video released Nov. 14. 

U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey told the Boston Globe he sees the Democratic campaign as fluid. 

“This is America and I love my country and this is a competitive primary where people have every right to jump into the race,” said Booker who will take the debate stage in Atlanta on Wednesday with nine other Democratic contenders. 

Patrick’s entry makes 17 major Democratic candidates competing for the nomination three months before the first votes are cast in Iowa. 

A recent poll by CNN, Mediacom and the Des Moines Register showed South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with the lead in the Hawkeye state. 

Meanwhile, on Nov. 12, Mark Sanford, a former Congressman and Governor of South Carolina called off his campaign for the Republican party’s nomination. In a farewell speech in Charleston, S.C., Sanford said America is “sleepwalking our way into the most predictable financial crisis in the history of man” and conceded his campaign was a “long shot” to wrestle the GOP nomination away from President Donald Trump. 
Trump spent last week attacking former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter. Yovanovitch testified during last week’s impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill. 

New York Congressman Sean Maloney, a gay man, thanked Yovanovitch for her service. 

You were the first one through that stone wall that the President was trying to set up, and I just want to thank you for that because others have followed your example, and there's an old expression that first person through the wall gets a little bit bloody,” Maloney said. 

LGBT Notes: SFGN caught up with Miami Beach Commission candidate Jonathan Welsh last week to get his reaction to the city’s elections. At last count, Welsh, a healthcare communications specialist, received 655 votes in the city’s group five commission election. A first-time candidate, Welsh said he is much more knowledgeable aboutMiami Beach because of the political process and enjoyed the meaningful conversations and authentic interactions he had on the campaign trail. Group 5 Commissioner Ricky Arriola and Racquel Pacheco advanced to this week’s run-off election.  Also in Miami Beach, former Florida Representative David Richardson is in a run-off for the commission seat in group six. Results of the election were unavailable when this column went to press.