MANCHESTER, N.H. — A crack has surfaced in the foundation of the "Massachusetts Miracle," but Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, who has made his state's economic revival a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, is not taking the blame.
In what has become an embarrassment of sorts to Dukakis in his home state, General Motors announced late Wednesday that it was closing indefinitely its Framingham auto production plant, which employs 3,700 workers.
It is the same General Motors plant that holds a prominent place in Dukakis' presidential campaign brochure. "When GM considered shutting down its Massachusetts plant, Mike Dukakis didn't go to Washington. He went to work," the Dukakis brochure reads.
The plant was shut down temporarily in 1982, but since then the state has sought to assist GM by leasing land for an expansion and paying for road and sewer improvements.