Well, the first potential traveling of the 2016 campaign season may have been done by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley when he spoke to a group of New Hampshire Democrats.

Not to be outdone, current Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was the keynote speaker of the Iowa Democratic Convention.  Patrick was speaking on behalf of President Obama and praised Iowa Democrats for “helping people to help themselves” but also had a slight rebuke to the party by stating that Democrats were “too timid” and urged them “to grow a backbone” in response to the constant barrage of Republican attacks.

But Patrick’s sharpest criticisms came when he blasted the Republicans for their union-crushing by stating:

Once you cut through their slogans and soundbytes, all that today’s Republicans are saying is that if we shrink government, cut taxes, crush unions and wait, all will be well,” Patrick said. “History has proven that thesis wrong time after time after time.

Patrick replaced Mitt Romney as the Governor of the Bay State and at one point looked vulnerable in the 2010 mid-term elections but saw his popularity surge before the election.

If Deval Patrick were to run, he’d be a name to watch.  He wouldn’t challenge Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or Andrew Cuomo right away but his closeness to President Obama could be of assistance.  Otherwise, he is still a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Source:  http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/06/16/democratic-convention-deval-patrick-implores-party-to-grow-a-backbone/