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September 17, 2013

Letter: Grassroots Republicans take on House leader

To the editor:

It goes without saying that the Democratic super-majority on Beacon Hill cares little about transparency in government and accountability to the people. Decades of corruption, scandals, and blatant mismanagement of resources have demonstrated that clearly.

Speaker Robert DeLeo made yet another attempt to consolidate power this month, when he decided that rank-and-file Republicans would not be allowed to view pending bills on the floor during informal session. How are our legislators supposed to represent us if they can’t see what they are voting on?

Those who follow Beacon Hill politics should not be surprised that the establishment wing of the House GOP didn’t seem to care about the Democratic overreach. But fortunately, we have a solid core of grassroots Republicans who are standing up for the people of Massachusetts against the corrupt power brokers.

Legislators like Jim Lyons, Marc Lombardo, and Leah Cole are the future of the Mass GOP, and the commonwealth as a whole. Will they win this battle? It remains to be seen, but without their efforts this issue would not be seeing the light of day.

Voters need to decide in 2014 and beyond that corruption is not acceptable, that government should not be run in secret, and that overwhelming one-party control is bad for Massachusetts.

Mark Mezzina

North Andover

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