Why hasn’t any reporter picked up on the fact that only one person running for State Senate in the 2nd Essex District didn’t file her year-end report on time? The reports were due on January 20, 2012 for the 2011 campaign year, yet Salem City Councilor Joan Lovely (an attorney no less) still hasn’t filed as of January 24, 2012 (see link: Lovely Cover Page). So, I figure, what does she have to hide? I had a looksee at her earlier filings, and guess what I found? She still owes a printing company $6,500 (see link: 2011 Mid-Year Report – Joan Lovely Liabilities)from her run for state rep back in 2004. But wait, there’s more. She paid herself back tens of thousands of dollars that she loaned her campaign by raising tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. So she paid herself back but she never paid the union printer who provided her the printing. Is the printer still in business, you ask? Well, even embattled Mayor Willy Lantigua from Lawrence managed to pay his printing bill, but the Lovely Joan…not so much.
What do you think? Should she have paid herself back first?