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October 28, 2012

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That’s why the big city Democrat power-brokers are frantically spending so much money to hurt Jim Lyons and his advocacy for local aid and responsible budgets. These power-brokers will do anything to defeat Jim and then bring back one of their own — Democratic insider Barbara L’Italien.

L’Italien followed along with the power-brokers to slash local aid and hike the sales tax by a whopping 25 percent. Our local communities were punished by the cuts, and our consumers and small businesses were hurt by the tax hike.

L’Italien was a willing ally of former Speaker Sal DiMasi and current Speaker Bob DeLeo. DiMasi and DeLeo misspent our tax resources on bailing out corruption like that of Mayor William Lantigua and his allies at Lawrence City Hall, giving taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens, and lavishing patronage on the scandal-ridden Probation Department. It’s no surprise that L’Italien, herself, inherited a $100,000 per year patronage paycheck in the state bureaucracy. Now, she’s coming back and demanding more.

Is it any wonder these insiders and power-brokers fear the kind of reform, openness and transparency that Jim Lyons carries from our Merrimack Valley to Beacon Hill?

C.J. Gangi

North Andover

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