Michael Dukakis was given 27 turkey carcasses by complete strangers after revealing he loves turning them into soup after Thanksgiving, it has emerged.
The former Governor of Massachusetts, 83, invited people to drop turkey bones at the door of his Brookline home in an interview with the Boston Globe last year.
More than two dozen kind souls obliged, filling his freezer with an endless supply of his key soup ingredient – and he’s open to more offers this year as families clear up after the national holiday.
Michael Dukakis at home with his Thanksgiving turkey carcass
Ali Dukakis gently mocked her grandfather on Twitter ahead of this year’s event, revealing that he had said: ‘I doubt I’ll get 27.’
Michael’s adopted son John, 58, tweeted a picture of his Turkey with the caption: ‘Behold the future Dukakis Carcass covered by other stuff, for now.’
Ali replied: ‘Is he open to other offers though?’ and John responded: ‘As soon as the other carcasses from last year are clear of the turkey morgue (aka the freezer).’
Dukakis, who lost the 1988 presidential election to George Bush senior, is known for his frugality: he drinks Costco coffee at at three cents a cup.
His adopted son John, 58, tweeted a picture of his Turkey with the caption: ‘Behold the future Dukakis Carcass covered by other stuff, for now.’
People dropped off turkey carcasses at Dukakis’ house last year
‘Throwing out a turkey carcass is sinful. Absolutely sinful,’ he told the Boston Globe in November 2015.
‘In all seriousness. It’s a terrible thing to do. There’s so much richness and goodness in a turkey carcass, God.’
He chops the turkey bones with some sharp scissors and shoves the carcasses in his freezer.
The turkey just kept on coming
‘You cut them up. And wrap them up,’ he said. ‘You can fit them in there as easily as possible. When the time comes, you pull them out.’
Once a month or so takes a carcass from the freezer and boils it with an onion, rice and vegetables to make a delicious soup.
Dukakis lost the 1988 presidential election to George H.W. Bush, who won 426 electoral college votes to his 111.
George H.W. Bush greets Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis at a ABC television forum in a hotel in Los Angeles in 1988
DUKAKIS SOUP RECIPE
1. Remove turkey carcass from the freezer
2. Cover with water and add spring onion.
3. Bring to boil
4. Clean the meat off the bones and add carrots, peas and rice
‘There’s no better meal! Healthy. And delicious.’
Before that he served as Massachusetts Governor from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1991.
He won by promising to be a reformer while guaranteeing no new tax hikes.
Residents of the city of Boston and its surrounding areas remember him for the improvements he made to Boston’s mass transit system, especially major renovations to the city’s trains and buses.
He was known for riding the subway to work every day as governor.
Michael Dukakis, right, and his wife Kitty, wave on the floor during the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Wednesday, July 28, 2004