There has been some negative talk about the recent endorsement of Mike Lake for Lt. Gov. by the Stonewall Democrats, but what have been omitted were the reasons why such a group coalesced around Mike Lake.
First, Mike Lake has been listening to the voters of Massachusetts for four years by relentlessly campaigning – even while maintaining his own career in the non-profit sector at the United Way and Leading Cities, on which board, in full disclosure, I serve with him.
Second, more specifically, Mike Lake has a long-standing record of support for issues of importance to the GLBT community, going way back to supporting marriage equality years before other politicians caught up with the public on that issue.
Third, Mike Lake is not the kind of politician who bullies his way into endorsements, and it is quite possible that Stonewall simply appreciated this, and after combining this reform-minded approach with Lake’s history, decided to make an independent judgment about which candidate for Lt. Gov. was most likely to be relied upon in the future.
We’re lucky to have great candidates for Lieutenant Governor. I think it is a credit to Mike Lake that a group like Stonewall decided that Lake merited its endorsement despite the storm that might follow.