Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who launched his Democratic presidential bid last week, canceled a campaign event after only two people showed up.
Patrick arrived at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Wednesday night for a campaign event hosted by New Deal Democrats, according to ABC News. He was told almost no one had shown up for his scheduled talk.
The two who did show up in the audience told ABC they were asked to attend by the event organizers.
Julian Hemmings, the president and founder of the New Deal Democrats, confirmed with Newsweek via email that only two people showed up at the event, adding that the two did not include organizers and members of the press.
According to an earlier campaign announcement, Patrick was expected to meet with student leaders and editorial boards of Atlantas student newspapers at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, just 75 minutes before the fifth Democratic primary debate began at Tyler Perry Studios, which is not far from Morehouse College.
Hemmings added that Patrick told New Deal Democrats he had to cancel the event because the 63-year-old “had a flight to catch.”
This is not the first time Patrick has had trouble attracting an audience. A photo posted to Twitter by New York Times reporter Jennifer Medina shows a nearly empty auditorium at Patricks Nov. 18 campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa.
The former Massachusetts governor added his name to the Democratic primary ballot in New Hampshire on Nov. 14, shortly after former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg signaled his intention to join the 2020 presidential race. Entering the race late, Patrick will have to catch up with the otheRead More – Source