Dems’ fury aimed at An­dover rep

Lyons brought san­ity to State House

Boston Herald - - NEWS - Howie CARR — howie.carr@boston­her­ald.com

How much do the moon­bats hate Rep. Jim Lyons of An­dover? They hate him so much that both Barack Obama and Hil­lary Clin­ton en­dorsed his Demo­crat op­po­nent. The far left raised at least $160,000, prob­a­bly over $200,000, to knock him out — a fourth-term GOP back­bencher who rep­re­sented parts of An­dover, North An­dover, Box­ford and Tewks­bury. Sadly, his foes pre­vailed on Tues­day, with a 32-year-old lawyer named Tram Nguyen, a pub­lic de­fender by trade with a “part­ner” and three dogs. She won, go­ing away, 11,500 to 9,800 votes, in a turnout 25 per­cent above nor­mal in the dis­trict. “I’m proud­est we brought the pro-life move­ment back to the State House,” Lyons was say­ing yes­ter­day. “There are two sides to that story, and the nasty women on Bea­con Hill hated me for keep­ing it in the pub­lic eye.” But it wasn’t just his pro-life stance that got Jim Lyons into the crosshairs of the alt-left. He’s the one who brought the Na­tiv­ity scene back to the State House a few years ago — all that took was the threat of a fed­eral law­suit. In 2011, Lyons was the leg­is­la­tor who forced the ad­min­is­tra­tion of then Gov. De­val Pa­trick to ad­mit that the state was spend­ing $1.8 bil­lion a year on wel­fare for il­le­gal im­mi­grants. All he had to do that time was shut down the Leg­is­la­ture for a few days un­til the hacks coughed up how much they were pro­vid­ing in hand­outs to un­doc­u­mented Democrats. Ear­lier this year, he tried to re­move Judge Ti­mothy “Touchy” Fee­ley from the bench — didn’t suc­ceed, but he gave it a shot. My own per­sonal fa­vorite Jim Lyons mo­ment came last sum­mer, when the leg­isla­tive lead­er­ship was push­ing for a third “Gen­der X” op­tion on state driver’s li­censes, in ad­di­tion to M and F. Lyons came up with a bril­liant idea — if there were 57 or 73 or what­ever num­ber of so-called gen­ders, how could they all be lumped to­gether as “X?” Lyons filed 57 amend­ments, one for each “gen­der” he could find on Face­book. No gen­der left be­hind! Sep­a­rate but equal? Not on Lyons’ watch! It was an ab­so­lutely bril­liant move — he was call­ing the Dems’ bluff. If they ruled his amend­ments out of or­der, they were ad­mit­ting the whole Gen­der X ploy was just an­other virtue-sig­nal­ing grift. Run­ning out of time in the leg­isla­tive ses­sion, the hacks pulled the Gen­der X leg­is­la­tion. I wrote a col­umn about it that went na­tional. Need­less to say, the hacks didn’t for­get. You should check out ev­ery­thing they threw at Lyons. It’s all on Nguyen’s web­site, and in her cam­paign-fi­nance fil­ings. It wasn’t just Hil­lary and Barack — Lyons’ op­po­nent was backed by Seth Moul­ton, Maura Healey and Mar­sha Coak­ley (who lists her oc­cu­pa­tion as “not em­ployed”). She was en­dorsed by NARAL, Planned Par­ent­hood, Emily’s List, NOW, the teach­ers’ unions, the Sierra Club, all the lo­cal pinky-ring thug unions. Most of the “nasty women” in the State House sent in con­tri­bu­tions. Not to men- tion the usual sus­pects in the Demo­crat non-work­ing classes. I ran into Lyons at an event in Welles­ley last sum­mer and he men­tioned to me in pass­ing that he was go­ing door to door in his cam­paign. It should have dawned on me that he must have thought he had a real fight on his hands as he was seek­ing a fifth term. But he didn’t men­tion that the Beau­ti­ful Peo­ple were throw­ing ev­ery­thing but the kitchen sink at him. Af­ter the gas ex­plo­sions in Septem­ber in his dis­trict, the moon­bats even banned his daily up­dates from one of An­dover’s big Face­book pages — he was too po­lit­i­cal, don’t you know. Lyons doesn’t seem that dev­as­tated by his de­feat. He has a Christ­mas tree busi­ness, which will keep him busy start­ing next week. He can spend more time with his wife, Ber­nadette, and his two twen­tysome­thing adopted sons. He’ll be de­liv­er­ing a farewell ad­dress on the House floor, but if you re­ally want to say good­bye to Jim Lyons, prob­a­bly the best place to do it will be in the Great Hall at the State House Dec. 20, be­tween 11 and 4. That’s when the Na­tiv­ity scene will be on dis­play again — thanks for one last good deed, Jim Lyons! Or­der Howie’s book on the trial of Whitey Bul­ger, “Rat­man,” at howiecarrshow.com.

AN­GELA ROWLINGS / BOS­TON HER­ALD

PA­TRICK WHITTEMORE / BOS­TON HER­ALD

LAST CALL: Jim Lyons, who lost his re-elec­tion cam­paign, will revel in the set up of the State House Na­tiv­ity scene one last time Dec. 20.

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