Governors: Two Dukes Bow Out

Two Dukes Bow Out

State politics on both coasts got unexpected jolts last week when Massachusetts' Governor Michael Dukakis and California's George Deukmejian walked away from probable re-election victories in 1990, announcing their decisions within two days of each other. Their withdrawals set off stampedes among politicians in both states eager to, uh, duke it out to replace them.

In a hastily called Boston news conference, Dukakis revealed he would not seek an unprecedented fourth term and would instead concentrate on wiping out his state's $636 million budget deficit. Said a philosophical Dukakis: "There comes a time when you have to let go." His withdrawal...

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