Dukakis stumbled while picking up trash; will need stitches

Former governor, presidential candidate lost "a lot of blood"

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D)

BOSTON (AP) — Former Democratic presidential contender and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis is feeling the sting of doing a good deed.

The 83-year-old tells The Boston Globe he was picking up trash on the morning of Dec. 8 in the Emerald Necklace park system, which stretches from Boston to Brookline, Massachusetts. He says he tripped while reaching down for a piece of litter, “falling flat on my face on the sidewalk.”

Dukakis says the stumble resulted in “a lot of blood” and two stiches on his nose. A professor of political science at Northeastern University, he is known to pick up trash on his walk from Brookline.

Dukakis is taking the incident in stride, acknowledging “no good deed goes unpunished.”


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