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MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons Statement on Democratic State Rep. Liz Miranda

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WOBURN — Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said Wednesday he’s “sadly unsurprised” regarding the news media’s disinterest in a prominent Dorchester Democrat’s offensive social media posts amid growing evidence alleging she has misused her office.

On Monday morning, state Representative Liz Miranda wiped out her office’s official Twitter account after the local blog TB Daily News uncovered a series of racially-charged posts she made denigrating Blacks.

Earlier this month, the same blog produced evidence (text messages) indicating Miranda misrepresented herself via what she described in texts as a government-issued cell phone as a member of the State Bar of Michigan in order to intimidate a then-pregnant Detroit woman whose fiancé, a convicted murderer, had been involved in an ongoing affair with Miranda, even at one point allegedly violating his parole requirement to remain in Michigan in order to meet with Miranda in New Jersey.

Coincidentally, Miranda is the lead sponsor on legislation seeking to end life sentences without parole in Massachusetts.

“The mainstream press remains uninterested in reporting not only Rep. Miranda’s offensive posts, but also these other troubling allegations, for which there is an overwhelming amount of evidence,” Lyons said. “Here you have the Massachusetts State House press corps and everyone else in the news media willfully turning a blind eye to all of this, because they don’t want to harm a prominent progressive Democrat.

“What’s overwhelmingly clear to me is that if not for double standards, our news media would have no standards at all.”