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Deval Patrick says book not interfering with job

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A first look at Gov. Deval Patrick’s new book includes a shocker – the governor says he considered resigning soon after taking office.

But the book is also raising questions about how much time he spent writing, and now promoting, his book.

The book, called A Reason to Believe, garnered a $1.3 million advance for the governor and is due out in April.

“It’s a book about life lessons,” Patrick told reporters today.

It’s also a book filled with revelations, including that Patrick failed the bar exam twice and he considered stepping down in 2007 as his wife battled depression.

“I'm honored to have this job. I love doing it. Even on the hardest day it's a privilege. But family comes first,” Patrick said today.

The governor will appear on television and radio to promote the book, and a book tour scheduled with stops in Washington, Chicago, New York and Boston.

“How did you find time to write a book given all the demands of this job?” asked FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet.

“I've been writing this book for years,” Patrick replied. “So it wasn't that I was starting from scratch.”

“Do you think voters expect you to focus on this job?” Beaudet asked.

“I think voters are getting my focus on this job,” Patrick said.

“Book tour's not going to take you away?” Beaudet asked as the governor walked away from reporters.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown also has a book coming out later this month. A spokesperson for Brown said he worked with a collaborator “so he could focus fully on his service to the people of Massachusetts, which is, and always will be, his first priority."

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