‘Absolutely Brutal’: Why White House Runs Aren’t For Everyone

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, pictured above at a 2011 fundraiser, announced this week he would not seek the presidency. "The process is cruel," he said.

Deval Patrick passed on running for president this week, saying the campaign process is too “cruel.” He’s right — there are a lot of downsides to running for president.

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