Lyons Responds to L'Italien Mailers

Local Aid, Jobs, Economy Are State Representative Jim Lyons' Priorities

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.


Jim Lyons

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Cool Fusion November 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Who says Gentleman are rare and the age of Civility is over? Apparently they haven't met Jim Lyons.
MikeA November 02, 2012 at 08:17 PM
That apparently would be me and I definitely haven't. Let's not start a Chuck Norris type phenomenon. "Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants."
Bill Callahan November 02, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Jim, if taxes and local aid are the important issues, then why are you submitting bills about the restriction of counseling for gay students and reducing buffer zones at women's clinics? Do you want to discuss your opposition to gay marriage? And what does it say that many of the elected officials in your district would rather have Barbara L'Italien than you? The entire North Andover School Committee, the entire Boxford Board of Selectmen.. If you were so effective in fighting for local aid, why would they oppose you?
Jeff Twohig November 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Bill, why in all her years on Beacon Hill did Barbara L'Italien fail to lift a finger to expose the massive amount of Massachusetts tax payer dollars that are spent on Illegal (definition for liberals: "against the law") aliens ? Jim Lyons single-handedly and at great time and effort was able to reveal that Deval Patrick (who used to be our Governor prior to the 2012 Obama campaign) is spending close to $250 Million on people here illegally. Now $250 MILLION would go a long way towards hiring teachers, counseling gay students and adding to local aid, wouldn't you say ? Btw Bill, I don't give a rat's behind what other elected officials in the area have to say, I personally know what my fellow residents say, and that's that they are SICK and TIRED of being used as ATMs by big spending Liberal Democrats. Finally, perhaps the $100,000 from Barbara's "consolation prize" (you know, the State job she was "gifted" with when she lost last election ?) might have been of help in funding some of our smaller budget items ?
Bill Callahan November 03, 2012 at 12:40 AM
8:38 pm on Friday, November 2, 2012 Hi Jeffrey. First let me say that I appreciate the fact that you actually use your real name. Secondly, let me say this: My essential critique of Representative Lyons is that he is not helping the communities he represents navigate the challenges they face. He proposes fundamentally changing the state by electing like-minded representatives. That's a perfectly fine vision, but one many non-ideologues reject. His record of concrete achievement is thin. Thirdly, Representative Lyons has a strong socially conservative streak, as evinced by the legislation he sponsors. I think that his record deserves to fully aired and understood by his constituents. Finally, I understand that you feel differently and you are certainly entitled to your opinion and your vote. I would hope that as a mature adult you would understand that my opinion is the result of significant thought and a well-developed value system and not a bribe. And I would hardly consider reminding people of Representative Lyon's own legislation "trashing" him.
Michael Quinlan November 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Bill has a high opinion of himself as any mature adult would understand. Hard-left Democrats supporting more spending as the solution to every question is also expected. Declaring that a 'well-developed value system' seems a strech to reasonable people but is no doubt earnest.
Jerry Selissen November 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
In reviewing FY Budget 13 Amendment 577 which some folks have been referring to as Mr. Lyons short changing Public Health. I discovered a whole series of amendments Mr. Lyons introduced where (I believe) he was trying to consolidate and initiate savings for the State and subsequently ALL of us. Suggest you do your own due diligence and not take political comments at face value.
Jeff Twohig November 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Bill,I use my real name because I don't hide behind a screen name when either airing my views or addressing those of others so thanks for noticing. A 2 year term doesn't give ANYONE time to rack up concrete achievements & particularly for a Repub in Mass overwhelmingly outnumbered by Liberal Dems. A former colleague of BL, Mr. Finegold, has had 16 years at the State House and, in my opinion, has little to show for it. Perhaps you shd also inspect BF's record ? I, of course, respect your opinion & take you at your word that you are an observer unaffiliated w/the BL campaign but I fail to see what benefit BL would bring to her constituents given her previous performance. As noted, she closed her eyes to $250M being spent on non-citizens, money that could have been spent on Mass citizens. Also, she accepted a job "created" for her as a "consolation prize" when she lost reelection. How is taking a $100K salary (& the previously mentioned $250M) out of the pockets of the constituents of the communities helping those communities ? My opinions are also the result of significant rational thought & Lib Dems "money grows on trees" & "taxpayers as an ATM for the legislature" is not rational. I know Repubs are typically characterized by the Left as heartless bast*rds but,as w/most Lib characterizations, this is a baseless lie. We who ask gov't to live within its means & spend wisely do so for many reasons but one of them is so we WILL have funds to expend on those less fortunate.
SaraB November 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
The Lyons campaign has tried to smear Barbara L’Italien in the position she held in the State Treasurer’s office. In the last eighteen months L’Italien has worked honorably as the Director of Government Affairs at the office of the State Treasurer, Steven Grossman. L’Italien was part of the professional team that created funding opportunities for local small businesses through the Small Business Banking Partnership (SBBP). The SBBP placed almost $250,000,000 of state funds into local, community banks to make small business loans – a program that has been remarkably successful at spurring innovation and job growth at the local level. Jim Lyon’s experience with small business is running an ice cream shop and racking up at least 14 federal, state and local tax liens amounting to more than $180,000 from 1995 to 2003, according to records at the Northern Essex County Registry of Deeds. Lyons continued to have unpaid tax through 2009, http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x1744211440/Tax-woes-come-back-to-haunt-candidate-for-state-rep/print . Is this the kind of business experience that we should exemplify? Shouldn’t we hold our political leaders to a higher standard? Lyons can’t hide from his record of cheating on his taxes to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars as a small business owner.
Jeff Twohig November 06, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Sara, very interesting dollar figure you mention above because $250+ MILLION is the amount of money Rep Jim Lyons uncovered as being spent by the Patrick administration and the Democrat majority in the legislature on ILLEGAL aliens in this state ! What a coinky-dink, huh ? In your strategy sessions with Barbara, did you ever inquire as to why, in all her years in the legislature, she was unable to discover that we were spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, not on Massachusetts (American) citizens, but on citizens of OTHER countries ? Think of all the extra teachers that could have been hired. Think of the school programs that would have been spared from the budget-cutting knife. Btw, while still in the legislature, Barbara voted for Sal Dimasi for Speaker of the House (who is now in "the Big House") and then, totally by coincidence I'm sure, was named vice-chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Not to mention that, in one of her previous campaigns, she was endorsed by her "good friend" Lawrence mayor Willy Lantigua who could be described as, how can I put this, "ethically challenged" ?
Michael Quinlan November 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Will Barbara be returning to her vital patronage job in the State Treasurer's office?


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