The rabidly right wing Eagle Tribune reports:
“ANDOVER — Former state Rep. Barbara L’Italien appears ready to give up a $100,000-a-year state job in an attempt to reclaim the Massachusetts House seat she lost to Republican Jim Lyons in 2010.
L’Italien has taken out nomination papers to challenge Lyons for the reconfigured 18th Essex House District, according to the secretary of state’s office. She had served four terms as state representative for the 18th Essex House District before being defeated by 847 votes.”
Lyons is a grandstanding anti-choice, anti-”illegals,” anti-tax, ice cream shop owner who cheated on his taxes for years. He staged a sit-in in the House chambers last November demanding the Patrick administration produce hidden secret records about health care provided by the state to “illegals” – information evidently he could’ve just looked up himself,
Lyon’s is also the fellow called out by the Democratic Party Chair for “playing petty political games.”
“The 18th Essex House District includes parts of Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Haverhill, Methuen, and North Andover.
Under redrawn voter maps, the district loses Georgetown, Haverhill and Methuen but will pickup a portion of Tewksbury come January.”
The tax cheating story:
The GOP candidate he defeated in the primary – before the tax cheating story broke – was suspected of an anonymous letter writing campaign suggesting voters write in his name rather than Lyons’.