Monday, March 10, 2014

Framingham Rep. Chris Walsh on Monday officially joined supporters of Democrat lieutenant governor candidate Mike Lake, a group that includes former Gov. Michael Dukakis, his wife Kitty and Katherine Patrick, the daughter of Gov. Deval Patrick. Walsh applauded Lake's work as CEO of Leading Cities, which looks to foster economic development through public and private sector collaboration. "Mike has proven his ability to work with city leaders around the world by serving as a liaison for Massachusetts to the international community and by his ability to forge meaningful partnerships," Walsh said in a statement released by Lake's campaign. Katherine Patrick, who recently chaired an LGBT fundraiser for Lake with Governor's Council member Eileen Duff, endorsed Lake last week. Patrick, who also recently endorsed Rep. Carl Sciortino in his unsuccessful bid for Congress, was unavailable to discuss her endorsement of Lake, according to his campaign. Katherine Patrick worked as director of community relations for her father's re-election effort. "Mike will continue to uphold Massachusetts' standards of equality and progressive social policy," she said in her recent endorsement of Lake, who was a special assistant for White House operations under President Clinton. "When the LGBT community was in need, Mike was at the State House standing with us to fight for our rights and his strong support makes him a valued ally," Katherine Patrick said in the statement.