FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks during an interview at his Statehouse office in Boston. President Barack Obama’s allies are recruiting high-profile Democrats to help combat liberal resistance to his bid for new trade agreements. A new pro-trade advisory board being announced March 24 includes Patrick and former US. Trade Representative and Dallas mayor Ron Kirk. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

You might want to hold off writing that year-end check to the Deval Patrick for President 2020 “exploratory committee.”

The bust-out ex-governor of Massachusetts was on the political comeback trail last weekend, campaigning in Alabama against accused sexual harasser Roy Moore.

Will wonders never cease — Deval Patrick, of all people, decrying (alleged) sexual predators and assorted criminals. Talk about a change-up pitch. Better late than never, I guess.

In the past, you may recall, Deval’s heart has always gone out more than somewhat to the Al Frankens and Matt Lauers of the world. He’s been known to write a $5,000 check to one of them (convicted rapist Ben LaGuer). As governor, he busied himself trying to stop yet another convicted rapist from being forced to register as a sex offender (his own brother-in-law Bernard Sigh).

One of Deval’s closest aides at the State House was arrested in Florida for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in a swimming pool, a charge that was dropped after Deval’s openly gay hack pal negotiated a monetary settlement with his underage victim.

But that was then, and this is now – just ask Carlos Danger, or even Bill Clinton.

Now a different pol, a Republican, Roy Moore, stood accused of behaving very badly back when he was a Democrat more than 30 years ago.

So Deval Patrick, with a slight case of Potomac fever, journeyed to Selma to take a very belated stand against male sexual predators.

“It’s occurred to me in recent times,” he mused at a Democrat rally Saturday, “that a lot in our democracy depends on unwritten rules.”

But timing is everything, and on the very same day that Deval was talking about those unwritten rules, back in Massachusetts his aforementioned thug brother-in-law was again violating some (ital.) written (end ital.) rules – namely, laws against assault with intent to rape.

Bernard Sigh is now being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing this morning. Mere days after an incredulous reporter for the Washington Post described the failed 65-inch-high statesman as a “rising star,” Deval Patrick is once again way back in the pack of Democrat presidential wannabes, dodging reporters and preparing his traditional Merry Eid address for delivery on youtube.

As far back as 2006, during Deval’s first campaign for governor, his soft spot for misogynist thugs became a campaign issue. His GOP opponent pointed out his support for rapist LaGuer, asking in a TV spot, “What kind of person defends a brutal rapist?”

Naturally the PC Posse went ballistic. The “r” word was tossed about. This nice young man, a neighbor of another very ethical young Democrat named Brian “Multiple Choice” Joyce, was being “Willie Horton-ed,” a reference to the convicted rapist who haunted Mike Dukakis’ 1988 run for president. (Of course it was never mentioned that the gory details of Horton’s Dukakis-approved weekend furlough were unearthed by a Democrat named Al Gore.)

Deval was elected anyway, and he immediately double-downed on his criminal-coddling m.o. The 9-11 attacks, he proclaimed in 2007, were caused not by Muslim terrorists but by “our failure to love one another.”

When the welfare-collecting Tsarnaev brothers blew up the Boston Marathon in 2013, Deval fondly called them “those two young fellas” on national TV. He dismissed a drunk illegal alien horrifically running over a young American in Milford as an “anecdote.” He appointed his campaign driver to the state parole board, and then had to fire him when the ex-cop freed a convicted double murderer to kill a police officer during a cold-blooded robbery in Woburn.

That wasn’t Deval’s first experience with a cop killer. After he passed the bar exam – on only his third try! – he represented a convicted cop killer in Florida and got his death sentence overturned.

Then there was his cousin, a convicted cocaine dealer in Chicago. Deval reached out to his dear pal, Barack Obama, and voila – his kinsman had a pardon.

According to the Quincy police report, last weekend Deval’s beloved brother-in-law confronted his female victim while “only wearing his underwear.” Sigh, however, caught at least one break from the laws. He was not charged with impersonating ex-Rep. John Conyers.

This morning, presumably, Deval is back at Bain Capital, working hard, or hardly working, on his social-justice mutual fund. As Deval continues his shadow campaign for president, no doubt he’ll soon be interviewed by one of his big-foot media cronies, perhaps, oh, I don’t know, Tavis Smiley….

Oh, I forgot. Never mind.

Howie Carr is the New York Times best-selling author of The Brothers Bulger and Hitman, in addition to several other Boston organized-crime books and two novels. He is the host of a New England-wide radio talk-show syndicated to more than 20 stations, and is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.

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  1. Just imagine this clown still in the Governor’s office. I’m no fan of Baker, but his slogan for re-election should be – ” At Least I’m Not Deval ” …