On his morning walks, 81-year-old Michael Dukakis, the longest-serving governor in the history of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, is still picking up litter around Boston waging his one-man war against evil litterbugs. By putting the trash in its place, Dukakis also shows what it means to be a public servant.
— Joyce Saenz Harris (@JoyceSHarris) August 15, 2015
Recently, Boston lawyer Sarah Godfrey saw him picking up trash between the tunnels of two MBTA stations. In a letter to The Boston Globe, Godfrey wrote that the “nice old man” was “grouchy” and said that the train stations were “always filthy”.
However, it’s just one of the many sightings of the ‘trash man’ cleaning up the streets.
On a dreary workday morning, few things make me happier than seeing Michael Dukakis pick up litter along his walk to work. — Al Armstrong (@Kashyyyk13) September 10, 2014
Saw Gov. Dukakis walking to work this morning. He’s always carrying a bag of trash he’s picked up along his route. Very admirable, I think. — Jeremy Dibbell (@JBD1) October 18, 2010
Michael Dukakis just made my morning. He is collecting litter in the fenz. Alone on his way to teach no doubt. — Ted Bowman (@tedbowman) October 21, 2009
A 2003 story in The Boston Globe centered on his obsession with litter. “There are many issues the former governor gets passionate about—teaching, high-speed rail—but this morning, it’s all about litter. “I mean, look at this crap! It’s appalling, disgraceful. There’s just no excuse for it. It’s enough to drive you out of your mind. You see it all over the place and you have to ask: Why isn’t anyone dealing with this?” he said.
Politicians are meant to serve the interests of the public, but how often do you see them bending over to pick up plastic wrappers and discarded papers?
This story about a “grouchy Dukakis” made my morning. We missed a good opportunity in 88′. http://t.co/ftkJ1cedNp
— Joseph Christ (@TheJosephChrist) August 14, 2015
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