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Mar 15, 2007 — BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced a shake-up of his 10-week-old administration on Thursday following weeks of bad press and missteps that have plagued the state's first Democratic governor in 16 years.
"There is a lot of work to be done to deliver on the people's expectations for change — including a government that is more responsive to their needs," Patrick, the second black elected governor in U.S. history, said in a statement.
The changes include the resignation of a $72,000-a-year aide Patrick had hired for his wife — a position that sparked weeks of controversy and criticism of the governor — and the hiring of new communications and political advisors.