Former Governor Dukakis Shares a Grassroots Story from Framingham

Gov. Mike Dukakis shares a story from his day knocking doors and talking to voters in Framingham to support Elizabeth Warren and State Rep. Tom Sannicandro.

Massachusetts Democrats are working to grow the largest and most effective grassroots campaign the Commonwealth has ever known. Below, Gov. Mike Dukakis shares a story from his day knocking doors and talking to voters in Framingham to support Elizabeth Warren and State Rep. Tom Sannicandro.


A few days ago,  I went out to Framingham to knock on some doors with Rep. Tom Sannicandro and other grassroots volunteers in Framingham.

I've been around a while and I've learned that Massachusetts Democrats win when we organize at every level. To reelect my friend Tom Sannicandro and send Elizabeth Warren to Washington, we need to organize every town, every neighborhood and every precinct.

In Framingham, we're well on our way to doing that.

About 40 enthusiastic grassroots volunteers packed in to the Coordinated Campaign office last week. They were kind enough to let me say a few words, but after that, it was all business as organizers paired folks up, handed them their turf assignments and scooted them out the door.

At one of the first doors Tom and I knocked on, we met a special education teacher who works in Newton. No one understands better than teachers that investing in our children's future helps us all in the long run. Whenever I listen to a teacher talk about her work, I'm struck by the fact that we just don't thank them enough. I  thanked her for the work she does and she thanked me for stopping by to talk about Elizabeth Warren. A few doors later, we spoke to a retiree who had worked his entire life and was concerned about what Republicans might do to his retirement.

The highlight of my day came a little later when I introduced myself to a gentleman at his door and told him that I was helping Elizabeth Warren and Tom Sannicandro in their election. He told me that he hadn't made up his mind in the election, but that I was the second grassroots volunteer to stop by for Democratic candidates. It is still July and we've knocked on this fellow's door twice. That's how we win!

At the end of the day, the folks we chatted with had different concerns or issues they cared about, but they all appreciated that we had stopped by to discuss the election - and I left Framingham feeling good about the campaign and the kind of impact you and I are making as we work the precincts for Elizabeth.

Mike Dukakis

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Massachusetts Democratic Party August 02, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Thanks Dave! We appreciate the comments!
Ray Salemi August 02, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Jim, thank you for adding the "'s around the word 'facts'. At least you understand the different between facts, which are true measurable things, and "facts" which are the unsupportable tripe that you serve up to support your illogical and emotionally driven conclusions.
Ray Salemi August 02, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Where, exactly, is this "sinking fast" that you're talking about, Joe? I see your constant Cassandra-esque warnings as nothing but an emotional ploy to get people to consider your extreme ideas. I, for one, would love to know if we are actually sinking in the way of those municipalities that have recently declared bankruptcy. In those cases, the pension burden had gotten the better of the towns and the used bankruptcy to hit the reset button. In no case did these towns go under because of illegal aliens. You got any numbers to back up your assertion that we're almost out of money, or is this just a rhetorical game? If you and your brother would like us to listen to you, it's time for you to earn the respect you crave.
Joe Rizoli August 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Ray are you a town meeting member? We have unfounded liabilities in the hundreds of millions. These on top of the usual bills of running the town itself. The winters coming, unknown snow removal cost over what is appropiated, the schools keep bringing in illegal alien kids, the police want 30 more policemen, we are paying for a building inspector who was exposed on TV as being into some shady deals and he's still out " sick". The illegals are still here with a new blessed by the Govenor radio station upgrade to reach more crooks like them in the northeast. We have a downtown that looks like a Favala on the Hollis st side . Business owners want more beer stores south side. People who originally were the foundation Selectmen for the illegal alien flight here want a City Government. We are just doing great Ray.  Joe Rizoli
Joe Rizoli August 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Miss Tully. I'm not really sure I have ever had a conversation with you personally, so if I have had please let me know where it was and what we talked about. You state that you have never interfered with the Rizoli's filming or free speech. You're right there, but you also never had conversation or dialogue with us PERSONALLY about it either.  Now as to your comment being untrue. You have NEVER PERSONALLY WITNESSED our video taping have you? I'm not talking about  watching it on TV? If NOT then you don't know the context of our interaction with the "immigrants" You don't know what preceded the videotaping, what THEY did or not do to be open to legitimate questions about the illlegal status of most of them in the USA. So you PERSONALLY seeing the context  of our interaction is the issue here. Apparently "harrassment and tormenting" is in the eyes of the beholder. A crooked politician or high executive going before Congress to answer questions about  corruption would in your opinion be someone who is being "tormented" by the media and Congress. We have every right to ask questions in PUBLIC about the Brazilians when they themsleves have hijacked our town and acted like imbeciles, clogging our streets with a mob takeover without permission. If you defend that action and we can't ask questions to those that did it or allowed it, then you are part of the problem too. Were you THERE Miss Tully? Joe Rizoli
Ray Salemi August 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Really the hundreds of millions? This was all pretty vague, Joe. There must be a real number on a report somewhere that shows our pension liability. "Unknown snow removal costs," "The police want 30 more", "the building inspector thing." are all speculation or small beer. I'm interested in the real number from a real verified spreadsheet. I don't think you can back up your claim of Armageddon with real numbers, but if you could that would be valuable.
Joe Rizoli August 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Ray...I'm a Town meeting member. We have unfounded liabilities that go over 200 MILLION DOLLARS. Do you want to take this further? That is why I asked if you were a Town Meeting Member. You would have known that. HOW this gets funded is going to be the fun. I can see you never watched the Town meetings because you would have heard about this. Harold Wolfe Keeps up on all the financial problems heading our way in Framingham. I would suggest you go to his web site for the bad news. http://abetterframingham.org/framingham-financial-issues.html >> Most town residents will be shocked to learn that the amount of liability ranges from $200 million to over $500 million. This in essence, brings Framingham close to bankruptcy. We will have to cut costs dramatically to pay for this. Fifteen years after accruing it, we are being told it's a liability. Is that legally acceptable? The table below lists the possible liability from $100 million to $500 million in increments of $100 million and a payback period of 20,25 or 30 years. The table entries are the amounts that would be taken out of operational funds. >> Hows that for you Ray? Still going to question everything I say? Joe Rizoli
Ray Salemi August 02, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Thanks for the link, Joe. This is interesting.
Jim Rizoli August 03, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Ray...If there is anyone that is on top of what's happening with the financial condition of the town it's Harold Wolfe. Incredible information on his site. Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli August 03, 2012 at 01:27 AM
These figures are something I would never have believed either. I have a fear if these things aren't settled then LOTS of town services and personal could be let go and that includes teachers. Just because this isn't in the papers doesn't mean its not there. I really fear that our town could go into receivership if this delicate balance of unfunded mandates isn't delicately fixed. Tell your wife and others they really might have to step up their volunteerism a few more notches. We really got some problems that are going to be with us for our lifetimes and our grandchildrens lifetimes. The town simply cannot keep spending. That why I mentioned the police and other issues. These "small beer" problems are going to be the hangover for Framingham. Now you see why we have our viewpoint on Illegal immigration. It does cost us monies that we really don't have., But they keep coming here putting a burden on an overly taxed system. ( the court system especially ) We don't need people who are not legally here to add to our problems. Illegal Immigration isn't a racial problem it is a financial problem. Whatever cost our hospitals for free care cost us in the long run. Someone is paying for it. Please understand this. People on this list unfairly target this problem as a humanitarian civil rights issue. It is NOT, it is a financial nightmare for all of us. It's a real "Tragedy of the Commons" Joe Rizoli Joe Rizoli Joe Rizoli
Gerald C W Heng Sr. August 03, 2012 at 02:06 AM
In the Health Care area even Mitt Romney the GOP Presidential Hope has admitted in Israel that that their Single Payer System funded by taxes grant Universal Health Care to all Israelis as a Right,they cannot deny anybody hEalth Care or the Chronic Cases of Pre-Existing Conditions whatever they are.Israel spend only 8% of its GDP on Health Care Trust System, USA spend 16% and don't even cover eveybody universally their System isn't broken ours is, Obama Care is just reforming it so that eventually it will be universal as obtained by the recent US Supreme Court Decision 5:4 Chief John Roberts swinging to the majority !He has been treated like an Outcast Traitor by the GOP Republicans.If Mitt Romney is serious about his remarks on Israel's Health Care System [started in 1995] he is unlikely to repeal and replace Obama Care !The British Health Care Trust System promulgated by Nve Bevan of the Labour Party [ he was a third generation of Coal-Miners affected by Black Lung Disease] and implemented in post WWII Britain of a Single Payer Tax Funded System was never repealed even by subsequent Tory Conservative Party majorities with their Premiers !That's decency and moral commitment in Democratic Politics aye , even in a Constitutional Monarchy with King or Queen ! So from Queen to Coal-Miners, Labourers they are all entitled to Health Care a la Britannia !Canada is de same so is Australia /New Zealand. Gerald Heng Sr. Metrowest Boston,MA. USA/North America.
Ray Salemi August 03, 2012 at 11:46 AM
But, its clear from Harold's numbers that illegal immigration is not the real problem. The real problem is paying for Town Employee healthcare and pensions. This has only a tangental connection to illegal immigrants.
Joe Rizoli August 03, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The problem about the illegals is more complicated than it looks. Take one school for example, Woodrow Wilson. 80% of the students there are Brazilian.  That means a whole lot money and help is going for a specific population of kids with "special needs", ONLY for that population that if illegal immigration was enforced these kids wouldn't be here in the first place. This cost is hidden and all sorts of lame brain excuses are made for it.  This entails millions of dollars added to our already cost of a normal education for students. The point here is, if illegal immigration was taken seriously here in Framingham a great deal of money could have been used for other services. The illegals don't care because it cost them nothing, they know that and we are caught in the middle of a scam.  We have an Adult ESL program that needs to be shut down, fixed, and criminal responsibility and accountability should be applied to those that run that program. The police job in easily helping here is despicable because they could be scanning license plates.  Our town is one big criminal cabal of people that just turn their heads, allow this scam, use celebrities to endorse it not to mention Jewish Social Service people with their power of influence and monies along with other Catholic, and Protestant organizations and save the world people.  It's a big scam, and guess what? We are all paying for it in some way shape or form and the illegals are laughing at us all. Joe Rizoli 
Kira Gagarin August 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Joe, don't you get bored with the same shpeel? Copy and paste, maybe? I don't think the author of this blog is going to have a discussion with you :) Especially since your usual illegal/Jewish bashing has nothing to do with his post, highlighting a day of his while partaking in grass roots volunteering and speaking positively about the people he met. You should try that, some positivity. Instead of the gay this, illegal that, Jewish something or other.
Joe Rizoli August 03, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Kira apparently you like to read what you want. I appropriately set the blame for the illegal problems on a great area of religions not just Jewish. I certainly am not happy with the Jewish stand on a lot of things but the Protestant churches, the Catholic Churches are just as notorious for screwing up this country with what I perceive as nonsense immigration changes. The point being about this post with Duke the Democrat Dukakis is that the democratic party has lost it. They think America has been burdened with the God given challenge to help everybody no matter if they are Illegal, crooks, perverts, or just the regular run of the mill brain-dead Democrats with a blank check book with plenty of ink. The problem here is I actually like Dukakis. He seemed to be a very humble honest man. He probably still is but his association with the DEMONcratic party with its deep pockets for everybody has kinda soured me to his philanthropic philosophy. Joe Rizoli
Cheryl Tully Stoll August 03, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Hi Joe, I was addressing your brother's filming--you weren't there. And yes I have PERSONALLY seen him film and even know the individuals he was taping in those cases. I am also the one who returned your wallet that fell out of your pocket at the first FPAC meeting without opening it although others though I should keep it. When I was looking for you to give it back to you, I found you were involved in an altercation with an individual in the lobby of the library--which made the newspaper. And by the way, I have spoken with your brother and we've both been civil to one another. I have not spoken to either of you regarding your First Amendment rights, because it is the Constitution that grants those to you not me.
Karen Salemi August 03, 2012 at 09:53 PM
DEMONcratic? More disrespect from one of the Rizoli brothers. That's not character defamation, that's truth. How can you expect anyone to take you seriously if you can't write a paragraph without being insulting?
Gerald C W Heng Sr. August 03, 2012 at 10:30 PM
The US Treasury indirectly and the Town have fis cal liabilies to Employees and The Unlawful Entries "Immigrants" when they appear on Emergency Rooms of Hospitals without Health care Insurance on Medicaid the Treasury of the Tax Payers bear the fiscal burdens.Hospitals don't and are not required to ask as a matter of law on immigration status of patients or accident victims or perpetrators !That was one big reason why Obama Care Legislation attempts to do get to Universal Covergae Insurance by the Individual Mandate !That way the Costs of Health Care are spread more widely ! The Stragglers and Non-Insurance will always put the fiscal burdens on the US Treasury of the Tax Payers!Off Shore Islands Tax Shelters exempted ! Gerald Heng Sr.
David Nolta August 04, 2012 at 05:23 AM
JimRizoli: Just an FYI, you do know that the clip with which you opened that video link to yourself, taken from the fantastic American film, To Kill a Mockingbird, is of a screaming, horribly disturbed and dangerously dishonest woman? And the way you set it up suggests that you know exactly how she feels, and then you launch into your own--by implication, similar--diatribe? I feel almost subversive sharing this with you, but it is something you might really want to think about...
David Nolta August 04, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I like Michael Dukakis even more now than I used to--after reading this article about his efforts and then reading the comments here. I especially admire people who really ARE public servants, and show it throughout their lives, because it is part of their character. Dukakis is almost 80--he doesn't need to care at this point! But he still does--you prove that when you go door to door... This is something I liked about the late Senator Edward Kennedy, too--a man who might have hidden himself away for any number of reasons as he got old--for things he had done as a young man, for the terrifying things done to members of his family, etc. He had plenty of money to just enjoy himself, but he continued the fight to help other people right up to the end. Like FDR. Such people "accrue" honor, whether you agree with their viewpoints or not. Needless to say, I usually agree with their viewpoints!
David Nolta August 04, 2012 at 06:19 AM
And if it isn't too sentimental, I would like to celebrate my first year of popping in to The Patch by repeating emphatically my hope that we can all stop thinking of people as easily stereotyped groups, and start thinking of them--of OURSELVES--as individuals. When I first started reading the posts above, I was semi-tempted to cut and paste some of those recent Rizoli gems that I post every so often, not that there aren't plenty of new ones right here! ("women generally tend to act on emotion and not common sense." "You women are like the Gays. you can't stand anyone standing up to you showing you your own weaknesses." "We have every right to ask questions in PUBLIC about the Brazilians when they themsleves have hijacked our town and acted like imbeciles, clogging our streets with a mob takeover" "the brain dead liberal blind towns folk like living in squalor"--along with the usual sprinkling of "illegals", ""crooks", "perverts"). But I think instead I will just say EMPATHIZE. Try to imagine what it would be like to be a member of one of the groups you constantly and conveniently mischaracterize as being less than--as in not as good as, or not as worthy as, or not as valuable as--your lucky selves. I PROMISE it will help you solve at least some of our problems.
Joe Rizoli August 04, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Karen, would you be surprised to know that the purist form of your "Democracy" came from Pirate ships? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dx-kHRhY0E So think about that because my from of Government is what is mentioned in the words of the flag salute where it mentions the "REPUBLIC for which it stands" So our form of Government is a Constitutional REPUBLIC, one based NOT on DEMOCRACY but on RULE OF LAW. LAWS are how we live not by the whim of the majority which could change at every port of call. As to my assessment of the Democratic party using the words DEMONcratic, don't take offense it wasn't anyway shape or form a character assassination of anyone person but a group of people. But it's ok for some of you to make absolute vile pinpointed accusations on the Rizolis. The only thing we haven't been accused of yet is eating babies. Joe Rizoli
Dave Lenane August 04, 2012 at 12:58 PM
David...True Ted Kennedy story.....I was waiting for a flight at Logan while I was in the Army. Travelling in my dress uniform and trying to just mind my own business and read a book. Someone said "Excuse Me..." to me and I looked up. It was Ted Kennedy and his wife Vicki. Unnecessarily he introduced himself and his wife and asked me where I was from. When I said South Boston he said with a smile "Ahh so your Irish!" He told me to be careful and to get myself home safely. I am a Republican but will always remember that moment. The guy had no obligation to stop and say anything to me. I became a big fan of his after that day.
Jim Rizoli August 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
David....We love everybody just don't like what some of the things they do. Hopefully you don't take it all too personal. Karen....'Take us seriously"....LOL The doctor says you have incurable cancer, you feel like crap....You say you don't take him seriously. Whether people take us seriously or not the conditions exist in this town with or without us. Your husband didn't believe us about the financial condition of the town....Joe showed him the link to Harold Wolfe's site. I wonder if he takes those facts seriously. It is what it is, you either believe us or you don't, no sweat off of our backs. The ball is rolling downhill and I see no way of stopping it as we go from here. Jim@ccfiile.com
Gerald C W Heng Sr. August 04, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Its unfortunate that Politics and Political Electioneering has become more and more expensive and affect everybody directly or vicariously due to the recent U S Supreme Court Decision Citizens United V Federal Election Commission where Corporate Super PACs may pour unlimited ammounts of money and assets into Campaigns, despite the Limitations of the Federal McCain et Feingold Legislation and even GOP Senator John McCain isn't happy that his Legislation is ignored or by-passed ! Deep Pockets afffect all Democrats ,GOPs and Independents alike in the political seasons of what used to be political persuasion on the issues and policies,nowadays its almost always mostly Retail Personality Advertising like a Beauty Charm School Contest ! Gerald Heng Sr.[getting old in America wearing my trousers rolled !]
Joe Rizoli August 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Cheryl the bit about the wallet was interesting. Thank you for your honesty, Aparently the people you hang around with aren't as honest as you. Imagine, finding a wallet and saying to you don't return it. Incredible! I guess it shows what type of people go to those FPACtv meetings.  As to filming people, if you are honest, tell the truth, aren't defending illegal immigrants and their criminality we will get along fine. Most of the Brazilians are illegal and involved in questionable activities and I can understand why they don't want to talk to us. But for you to defend them is another story. If you applied your honesty as to my wallet situation to where you stand for exposing the illegals and their overt in your face criminality then your stand should be a piece of cake.   To bad you weren't there for those people you defend who you claim "we torment them" almost  knocked me to the ground, but I guess that is a bit beyond " tormenting" wouldn't you agree? Actually it's called "assault". When these thugs start acting civilized then maybe we won't need to videotape them.  Joe Rizoli
Joe Rizoli August 04, 2012 at 07:12 PM
David, I know you are a very caring person, I really mean it when I say that. I also see what your saying about treating people as people, I also agree with that. But here is where we differ. I will not kowtow to people who KNOW what they are doing as to their illegality in coming to this country. The people you talk about are part of a very well greased system of criminality passed on through generations of getting away with it. "These" people will look at you with sob stories and shake hands with you while the other hand is picking your pocket. The problem David is your caring altruistic self is being hijacked by what you see on the outside. My brother and I go for the inside.  I wll not put up with people who smile at me in my driveway while they and their cohorts rob my house. You can David, that is your right, but "these" people, got all the emotional bases covered with Americans and sad to say, most good hearted people like yourself have been scammed and worse, they are using you to defend them.   Go see or rent the movie  "They Live"  You need the special sunglasses David.  Joe Rizoli
David Nolta August 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Dave L-- I for one thank you so much for sharing that great story! Thank you!
David Nolta August 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Jim--yours is the language of love? (Don't make me get those quotes!!!! And that video...)
David Nolta August 04, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Are you trying to tell us something?


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