Wind farm stance didn't hurt Patrick

HYANNIS - Throughout the campaign, Gov.-elect Deval Patrick was a friend to Cape Wind.

Patrick told Bay State voters he looked out at Nantucket Sound from Craigville Beach. He assured them that he listened to experts on all sides of the issue before taking what some called a political risk.

He said he studied the project's 4,000-page draft environmental impact statement and chided Republican opponent Kerry Healey for parroting Gov. Mitt Romney's opposition, which he called politics as usual.

To Patrick, the 130-turbine offshore wind farm symbolized exactly the type of economy he wanted to build if elected. Last Tuesday, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly gave him his shot.

While it's unclear how much Patrick's support for Cape Wind may have helped his candidacy, it certainly didn't hurt. Even in some of the more conservative Cape towns facing the Sound, Patrick lost by slim margins. On the islands, he cleaned up.

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