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News :: Politics
Big Oil's Deval Patrick Connection
08 Jun 2006
A former vice-president of Texaco, Deval Patrick, was recently nominated for governor of Massachusetts by delegates at a state convention of the corporate-sponsored Massachusetts Democrat Party.
As the following 1998 Texaco press release indicates, Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick is, indeed, a former vice-president of Texaco.


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 16 - Deval L. Patrick has been elected General Counsel of Texaco, it was announced today by Texaco Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter I. Bijur. Bijur also announced that Patrick has been elected a Vice President of Texaco Inc. and will serve on Texaco's Executive Council, the company's senior leadership team. The appointments are effective February 8, 1999.

Current General Counsel Stephen M. Turner, 59, will step down from that post upon Patrick's arrival, but will remain as Senior Vice President until his retirement on June 1, 1999.

Patrick, 42, is currently a partner with the Boston law firm Day Berry & Howard LLP, and serves as chairperson of Texaco's Equality and Fairness Task Force. He will resign from his role with the Task Force effective immediately.

"Deval Patrick has achieved success and earned great esteem as a first-class attorney in both private practice and public service," said Bijur in making the announcement. "His leadership abilities, high ethical standards, breadth of experience and knowledge of Texaco will strengthen and enhance our management team and legal department. We are very pleased that Deval has agreed to join the Texaco organization."

Prior to being named Partner with Day, Berry & Howard in 1997, Patrick served as Assistant Attorney General of the United States and chief of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division from 1994-97, where he was responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination. From 1986-94, Patrick was a partner with another private law firm in Boston, supervising commercial and civil rights litigation. From 1983-86, Patrick was a staff attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, following service as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles.

Patrick graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1978, and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1982. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees and other awards.

Patrick is a member of the bar associations in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and California, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and various federal district courts.

Patrick is married and has two children. His office will be located in Texaco's corporate headquarters in White Plains, N.Y.


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Corruption is a Two Party Employer. Not a one Party Employer. The Republicans are only more Blatant about it.
08 Jun 2006
Big Business has it's Tentacles in Both Parties not one. Always has. The Enron Scandal and The War on Drugs proved that. The Iraq War support was no different. Democrate and Republicans. Same sh-t different Pile.
Green Party Is The Answer.
08 Jun 2006
The Mainstream Party's are losers. Time for a REAL change. Vote Green. The planet is in ruins. Massachusetts should have kept up with California on emissions. And, with all the taxes we pay in this state? The poor and undermiddle class should have had affordable housing years ago. (Real affordable!)
This fine state is failing. All because of people like Mitt Romey, Bill Weld and this clown.
Vote for a better future.
Re: Big Oil's Deval Patrick Connection
08 Jun 2006
I don't disagree with either of your statements. But I would like to point out that a large part of the reason for the ridiculous housing prices here are that towns like Cambridge have absurd zoning laws that keep large buildings from being readily built. They supress supply while demand sky rockets, of course housing costs go up. I can't whole-heartedly support any candidate who doesn't recognize this, and I don't think the Green party is in line with relaxing zoning law, but if I'm wrong please send me links to the good candidates!
Re: Big Oil's Deval Patrick Connection
08 Jun 2006
he was born in 1956; so he's 50
Re: Big Oil's Deval Patrick Connection
08 Jun 2006
but this is a 1998 press release, oops
Re: Big Oil's Deval Patrick Connection
09 Jun 2006
Speaking of environmental issues, former Texaco Vice-President Patrick's old corporate firm employer apparently doesn't have that good a record on environmental protection issues, as the following excerpt from a corporate watch site indicates:

For 20 years, Texaco pumped oil from the Ecuadorian rainforest, one of theEarth's gems of biodiversity, and home to 300,000 Quichua, Siona, Secoya, Cofan, Shuar, and Huaorani indigenous people. After extracting more than one billion barrels of crude oil, Texaco pulled out of Ecuador in 1992, leaving behind a colossal mess of toxic waste pits,oil spills, and poisoned communities. Texaco's legacy to Ecuador;-

Spills totalling 17 million gallons of crude oil (50% more than theExxon Valdez spill)
Discharge of 20 billion gallons of wastewater, with hydro-carbons,heavy metals and other toxic
Contaminants abandonment of hundreds of unlined toxic waste ponds
Construction of oil roads opening more than 2.5 million acres of theforest to colonization
Besides extensive damage to rainforest ecosystems, Texaco's operations haveaffected the people of the Amazon, who use river and rain water for bathing, drinking, and fishing. Skin diseases,stomach ailments, respiratory diseases, headaches, malnutrition, and cancerhave surfaced in native communities affected by Texaco's operations.

Texaco refuses to cleanup, or even to compensate those people whose lives have been affected by their operations. Wherever they work, Texaco has demonstrated irresponsibility and lack of concern for public health, human rights, and the global environment:

In Indonesia, pollution from Texaco's Caltex operations has killed fish in Siak River tributaries,destroyed rubber trees near the streams, and caused skin diseases among Sungai Limau villagers.

Texaco is also suspected of pressuring the oil tanker, the Sea Empress, to come in at low tide, causing one of the UK's biggest ever oil spills in February 1996. Over 175 miles of coastline - including 35 Sites of Special Scientific Interest were affected, and it still unknown what long-term ecological effect the spill will have. Texaco did not pay towards the cost of the clean up operation.

Parent company Texaco Inc is a member of the Global Climate Coalition.

[The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association.] [Corporate Watch Address Book (1997)] [Corporate Watch Issue 3, February 1997]

Supporting brutal / repressive regimes

In Burma, Texaco collaborates with the brutal Burmese military dictatorshipi n an offshore naturalgas project. In order to construct a pipeline through the rainforest, the army has declared"free-fire zones" in which soldiers are authorized to shoot civilians, including members of theKaren hill tribe.

In Haiti, Texaco has blatantly violated the U.N. oil embargo, designed to pressure Haiti's military dictatorship.

Texaco and Shell (heavily criticised for their operations in nigeria, see Shell in the McSpotlight) are to combine part of their US refining and marketing operations.

[The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association.] [The Independent newspaper, 16.3.97]

Exploiting employees

In 1996 Texaco Inc. paid a $176m settlement to six black employees for racial discrimination

[Corporate Watch Address Book (1997)] [Reuters, 16.11.96]

Credits and References: Most of the information in this section was taken from The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association.
Re: Big Oil's Deval Patrick Connection
09 Jun 2006
I love it that the rats are eating their own.
Re: Big Oil's Deval Patrick Connection
10 Jun 2006
I hope he will drilll off the coast of Cape Cod and Martha's Vinyard.
10 Jun 2006
From the" People's Weekly World" web site

"This will be the first electoral run for Patrick, former assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Clinton administration. He was considered a long shot when he started meeting with the more liberal and progressive grassroots Democrats last year. At that time Riley was considered to be the front-runner.

Prior to the convention, Patrick picked up endorsements from liberal members of Congress Jim McGovern, Michael Capuano, John Olver and Barney Frank. He also has the support of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and two former U.S. secretaries of labor, Alexis Herman and Robert Reich.

Some progressive forces within the Democratic Party have expressed some concerns over Patrick’s role as corporate counsel for Coca-Cola. In that position he defended the company against charges that its franchised bottling company in Colombia used ultra-rightist paramilitary forces to clamp down on union organizing by murdering leaders of the food workers union there. Patrick claimed that there was no direct evidence linking Coca-Cola to the paramilitaries, and he supported the company’s proposal to finance an independent investigation. Patrick says that the subsequent refusal of Coca-Cola’s CEO to finance the investigation led to Patrick’s resignation.

Nevertheless, some unions are split on whether to support him or not. For example, some Service Employee locals are supporting Patrick, while others are supporting Riley.
If elected, Patrick would become the second African American governor ever elected in the history of the United States and the second African American elected statewide in Massachusetts.
Patrick Still Coca-Cola "Consultant" in 2005
11 Jun 2006
According to the "Statement of Financial Interests for Calendar Year 2005" that a former member of the Coca Cola board of directors, Deval Patrick, filed with the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, as recently as 2005 the Dem candidate for Massachusetts governor was paid $3,129,126 by the Coca-Cola Company for his work as a "Consultant and Former Senior Executive."
Deval Patrick MUST lose
18 Jun 2006
he is obviously the candidate of choice of ALL the wrong people. Fuck them and fuck Deval too. What a fucking loser house slave that asshole is. Supported by LIBERALS? Yeah right! Supported by supporters of the satus quo with a nice black face to appease the unthinking masses and let all the motherfuckers keep pretending to be progressive when they are the worst two-faced anti-american sycophants ever to run political campaigns. I am a green but would vote republican if it means defeating Deval. An honest crook is so much better than a crooked man pretending to be honest. Let me say it again--FUCK DEVAL PATRICK. Fuck him hard.