Monday, December 23, 2013
Dukakis endorses Lake for Lieutenant Governor

For the second time in his political career, former Democratic presidential nominee and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis endorsed a candidate in a competitive statewide primary election. Dukakis and his wife Kitty formally endorsed Mike Lake for lieutenant governor at Lake’s official campaign kickoff on Dec. 11 before a crowd of hundreds in Boston.

“Mike has been so special to the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University. It’s not always that we get people like Mike Lake, who are as grounded and sensitive and caring without any arrogance,” Kitty Dukakis said at the event. “And that's why I love this guy and all of us need to give him extra extra help to get him elected.”

Lake launched his campaign in March.

“Earning the endorsement of a political statesman and icon like Governor Dukakis is a tremendous honor,” Lake said. “His and Kitty’s vote of confidence has already created waves of support in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Their support demonstrates the strength of our campaign’s vision, our commitment to grassroots organizing and our momentum entering 2014.

“The campaign model championed by Governor Dukakis has proven that winning statewide elections in Massachusetts requires a strong grassroots organization. I am so proud of and humbled by what our campaign has already accomplished in mobilizing a grassroots network of supporters across the Commonwealth.”

Lake was appointed by President Clinton as special assistant for White House Operations and is the president and CEO of Leading Cities, an international organization that focuses on exchanging solutions to municipal challenges and creating jobs through business development and government to government cooperation.

Lake’s vision for the lieutenant governor’s office is to leverage his experience working with cities around the world by serving as a partner with city and town officials tackling the challenges of the 21st century – all of which will be solved at the local level, according to his campaign.
“I have the proven experience to bring jobs and investment to Massachusetts,” Lake said. “Massachusetts is operating in a global economy and we must be competitive in that global arena.”