Throwing down the gauntlet

Associated Press | 6/8/2010, 9:34 p.m.
Gov. Patrick makes it clear during state Democratic Convention that he wants to finish the job he started during a...
A placard urges Democratic delegates to “finish what we started” by sending Gov. Deval Patrick back to the State House for a second term. Erint Images

Patrick, introduced at the convention by his daughter Katherine, exuded confidence as he took to the stage and threw down the gauntlet, re-capturing some of the excitement his insurgent candidacy generated four years ago. He urged delegates to shoulder their “generational responsibility” to change the way Beacon Hill works.

“This is our campaign. This is our cause. This is our time!” said Patrick.

Patrick, whose standing began to significantly improve after his highly visible leadership during the water-main break crisis, worked delegates aggressively before his speech, appearing at numerous receptions and meeting informally in the hallways outside the floor.

Patrick has also boosted his fundraising. He crossed the $1 million mark in May, but still trails Baker, with $2.3 million, and Cahill, who has about $3.4 million in his campaign account.

At a party on convention eve sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern D-Mass., Margaret Rwaramba, a social worker from Worcester, admired the governor as he danced beneath a white tent to a rhythm and blues band and handed her camera to a friend to get a photo with the chief executive as he came off the floor.

“He deserves a second term because he has done a good job with the economy in Massachusetts — better than he’s given credit for,” said Rwaramba before putting the governor in an arm-lock for a trophy photo.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.