Assessor scores interview with Kitty Dukakis

Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer, also the host of a local public access television show called “Friendly Fire,” has interviewed Kitty Dukakis, the wife of former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

Dukakis is Kramer’s most famous guest to date on his monthly cable show. He usually rounds up local officials or community leaders for the program. Heck, I’ve even been on his show.

Known for her candid nature, Dukakis talked with Kramer in the 30-minute program about the experiences that led her to write her 2006 book, “Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy.”

“She was very honest and open about what she goes through and what it’s like to have depression,” Kramer said. “Her message is that people shouldn’t be ashamed of depression. It’s an illness.”

No, “Friendly Fire” hasn’t become a stop on the national book tour.

Kramer scored the interview with the help of former Martinez City Councilman Tim Farley, a close friend of the Dukakis family.She did the interview on Feb. 21 while in the Bay Area to visit her daughter in San Francisco.

The show will air on April 12 and April 19 at 10 a.m. on Comcast Channel 26 in central Contra Costa County, which stretches from Martinez to San Ramon along the I-680 corridor.

In East Contra Costa County, the show will air on Comcast Channel 26 on April 23 and April 30 at 7 p.m.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen