Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis will endorse Democrat Mike Lake for lieutenant governor

BOSTON — Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty will endorse Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Mike Lake on Wednesday evening.

“I’m ecstatic over it,” Lake said Tuesday, adding that it is an honor to get Dukakis’ support.

Lake is running against Democrat Steve Kerrigan in the September 2014 primary. Several other possible candidates are also considering getting in the race.

It will be only the second time Dukakis has taken sides in a statewide Democratic primary. The first was in 2009 when he supported U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano’s Senate race.

Dukakis was the governor of Massachusetts from 1975 to 1978 and 1983 to 1990. He was the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, but lost to Republican George H.W. Bush. He is a major proponent of grassroots organization and campaigns. He is now a political science professor at Northeastern University.

Lake said he first met Dukakis when Lake was a freshman at Northeastern University and Dukakis was a guest lecturer in his American government class. The two kept in touch, and Dukakis encouraged Lake to pursue public service.

Lake would later work at Northeastern himself, as executive director of World Class Cities Partnership, a Northeastern-affiliated research center that facilitated partnerships between cities around the world. (The organization has since spun off from the university.) Lake said he continued to talk to Dukakis, and the two have similar views on the importance of grassroots activism and on issues such as education and the importance of transportation in connecting people to jobs.

Lake said Dukakis was the first person to sign up as a precinct captain for his campaign.

The event, which is also Lake's formal campaign kickoff, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston.