A Mild Dose of Candor: Kitty Dukakis

Kitty Dukakis reveals a former drug dependency

The 1988 presidential race has come to resemble a marathon encounter session: long periods of tedium punctuated by embarrassing personal disclosures. The latest revelation came last week when Kitty Dukakis, 50, the seemingly self- assured wife of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, publicly enrolled in the Betty Ford school of political candor. Her secret: 26 years of mild amphetamine dependency that ended in 1982 after she secretly entered a drug- rehabilitation clinic in Minnesota.

Were it not for Dukakis' place at the front rank of Democratic presidential contenders, the story Mrs. Dukakis told at the dedication of a drug-treatment center in Norfolk,...