Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Democratic lieutenant governor hopeful Mike Lake endorsed by state Sen. Michael Rodrigues

Democrat Mike Lake's campaign to become lieutenant governor of Massachusetts got a bump on Wednesday as state Sen. Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport, threw his support behind the CEO of the Boston-based company Leading Cities.

In endorsing Lake, Rodrigues cited his efforts to bring Portuguese ambassadors to the South Coast business community.

"Together [Mike and I] worked to bring more than twenty­five Portuguese business leaders looking to invest in America to the south coast, successfully encouraging economic growth,” Rodrigues said in a statement announcing the endorsement. "This is exactly what we need our elected officials to do in order to encourage economic empowerment for each citizen and Mike already has that practical experience."

In accepting the endorsement, Lake said that drawing international investments, as the two tried to achieve along the South Coast, is essential to the state as a whole.

"We share a dedication to supporting the business community in Massachusetts. In the past we’ve worked together to bring international business opportunities to the south shore and I look forward to working with him to continue these efforts for the entire Commonwealth," Lake said.

Four other Democrats are in the running for lieutenant governor, including former USDA administrator James Arena DeRosa, Whatley town selectman Jonathan Edwards, Cambridge City Councilor Lelund Cheung, and Steve Kerrigan, the former staffer to both the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and former Attorney General Tom Reilly.

Former state Rep. Karyn Polito, who is running with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker as a ticket, is currently the only Republican in the race.

The primary election for lieutenant governor will take place Sept. 9, and the general election is slated for Nov. 4, 2014.