The newly named “Drunk Governor” Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is now being recognized by his home-city of Chicago, Illinois. A ceremony will take place on Friday at 2 pm as a portion of Wabash Avenue will now be known as Honorary Deval Patrick Way in respects to the local politician.
Patrick grew up near the intersection of 53rd street and Wabash Avenue where he found a love for politics and became a natural leader. In his recent book, A Reason To Believe, the 56-year-old chronicled his “improbable” rise from a life of poverty into the successful American politician he is today.
In wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, Patrick revealed that he got a little drunk at a restaurant by himself after getting news of Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s arrest in Watertown, Massachusetts. His honesty about the event has since been both praised and questioned, though it’s hard to blame the guy for enjoying a few drinks after the week he went through after the terrifying bombings that occurred in the state’s premier city.
The “Drunk Governor” is now being honored by his hometown, and deservingly so, as he credited his recent success in politics to members of his family and Chicago locals in his 2011 book. Outside of giving his praises in the book, Patrick regularly speaks highly of Chicago when talking to the press about his childhood.
The honorary ceremony on Friday will be hosted by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn before Patrick returns to Massachusetts. He will then go on the road to Missouri to speak at the Democratic Party dinner this coming Saturday.
Deval Patrick is currently in his second-term as governor and he is expected to leave office in 2015. His schedule is getting busier by the minute, but he’s taking it all in stride, especially his return to the “South Side” of Chicago.
Do you believe the “Drunk Governor,” Gov. Deval Patrick, deserves the honor of having a section of Wabash Avenue named after him in Chicago?