This was submitted by State Rep. Jim Lyons in response to mailers sent out by challenger Barbara L'Italien.
As you may know, I have been campaigning on the economic and fiscal issues. That is what I have been focusing on and working hard at for the voters, since first being elected two years ago.
In my door-to-door campaign, I have the opportunity to listen to what the voters have to say. We talk about increasing Local Aid, rolling back the 25% Sales Tax hike that hurts the Merrimack Valley, and reforming state government so it becomes truly responsive, open, and transparent.
You probably also know that the two regional dailies, The Lawrence Eagle Tribune and The Lowell Sun, have endorsed my candidacy because I am working for fiscal reform, economic growth, and job creation in the Merrimack Valley. If my opponent is basing her campaign on an entirely different set of issues, that's her responsibility. My opponent can speak for herself.
As your note mentioned: "there are ads going around from L'Italien attacking you" and "these attacks"; that speaks volumes about the negative focus of her campaign. To be honest, at this late date in my campaign I'll be talking with voters about their important concerns and my own positive message for the future of the Merrimack Valley.
That's why I'll be campaigning door-too-door right up through Monday evening, talking with voters about the issues: increasing Local Aid, reforming state government, rolling back the Sales Tax hike, ending bailouts for Lawrence City Hall, creating jobs, building a vibrant economy, standing for working families and small business owners, advocating for openness and transparency.
Those are the issues I am working for and campaigning on.
Thank you for your interest in my campaign.