According to Patrick and his aides, the governor consulted with a small group of advisers as he vetted potential candidates for the interim post, notifying Cowan that he would be the pick on Tuesday. The advisers included his chief of staff Brendan Ryan, his campaign committee director Alex Goldstein, former deputy chief of staff and political advisor Sydney Asbury and former chief of staff Arthur Bernard.
Ryan said the group of advisers sat down in December to begin thinking about the selection process and potential candidates when Cowan’s name came up, and despite being “hesitant” and “humble” about it at first, he agreed to be considered and recused himself from the process.
Ryan also said there was no need to make an agreement that Cowan not run for the seat, because he has no interest in doing that.
“It was never an option for Mo,” Ryan said.
Cowan said he takes comfort in knowing that as he gets acclimated to Washington, he will be able to lean on the experienced members of the Massachusetts House delegation and Kerry’s staff that will remain on to help him through the transition.