How cool is this? Mike Dukakis practices what he preaches: he’s the block captain for his neighborhood in Brookline:
The would-be leader of the free world and three-term Massachusetts governor, who has been a relentless voice calling on fellow Democrats to return to grass-roots organizing, is putting muscle where his mouth is as an official block captain for Deval Patrick.
Cindy Rowe, the Brookline Town Democratic Committee’s chairwoman, says she got a call from the town’s most famous Democrat this summer, after her organization resolved to ramp up a vigorous precinct-based campaign operation on behalf of whoever emerged as the party’s gubernatorial nominee. “I want my list, I want to be a block captain,” Dukakis told her.
“It was startling in the best sense of the word,” says Rowe. “I mean, here’s a guy who did it. He was the last Democrat elected governor.”
Anyone who has heard Dukakis talk knows how real-world the guy is: He walks everywhere; he picks up trash on the T; he complains that he practically broke his axle driving up to Lowell … this stuff matters to him. He clearly still thinks of himself as a citizen first and foremost. It’s old-fashioned, stubborn, we’re-in-this-together-dammit liberalism. Time for a comeback of those values, huh?