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September 22, 2013

DiNuccio proclaims Lantigua 'King of Lawrence

The always colorful and controversial Al DiNuccio of Methuen is back on Facebook, looking trim and healthy. He’s also gotten back into the political game, but not as a candidate. This time, he’s making endorsements. He’s endorsed William Lantigua in Lawrence and Steve Zanni in Methuen.

DiNuccio lost his 2011 mayoral bid by only 34 votes to Zanni in a contentious race that came down to one big issue — privatizing the city’s ambulance service. DiNuccio was for it and Zanni was against it, and now the two are pictured arm-in-arm on Zanni’s Facebook page. Zanni called DiNuccio’s endorsement “inspiring.” Zanni is being challenged by City Councilor-at-Large Jennifer Aziz Kannan, who has served on the council for the past six years.

On his Facebook page, DiNuccio proclaimed Lantigua “King of Lawrence,” and said “put a crown on him now, like him or not he’s the man … I say he’s done a great job for the last four years.”

Patrick O’Donoghue vs. Dalia Diaz

His glasses were chipped and his ears were still ringing, but former mayoral candidate James Patrick O’Donoghue was back on the campaign trail on Friday, three days after the editor of a local weekly newspaper smacked him so hard that his glasses flew off.

“I wish I could say it with more force, but I’ve had a headache since Tuesday,” O’Donoghue quipped as he told about 200 people at a rally for Daniel Rivera that he was endorsing Rivera for mayor.

“It’s rough getting knocked around in this city,” O’Donoghue told the crowd. “It was bad enough just getting 305 votes.”

O’Donoghue came in fifth in a field of six, far behind Lantigua, who received 5,725 votes, and Rivera, who got 2,799 in Tuesday’s preliminary election.

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