The owner of a Hingham printing company says Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons is blaming it for some spat it has nothing to do with and has barred the party and official Republican candidates from using its services.
In a defamation suit filed today in Suffolk Superior Court, East Coast Printing is asking a judge for an temporary restraining order to make Lyons knock it off. Owner Louis Silva says immediate action is needed because we're in the middle of election season and Lyons's "false and defamatory statements" are costing the company money and harming its reputation.
Silva charges that Lyons shut the company out of Republican affairs out of misguided pique over a "personal dispute" he has with two specific Baker-ish Republicans. Silva says the two copied "one of East Coast's junior employees, Mike" on some e-mail string that Lyons got a hold of and promptly assumed that Mike's inclusion via cc meant East Coast was taking the two guys' side in whatever the beef is about.
East Coast's junior employee, Mike, was not an active participant on the subject email thread and is not affiliated - politically or otherwise - with [the two men].
East Coast also has nothing to do with Lyons's "personal dispute" with the two men, the suit continues, adding that Lyons knows this and is so defaming the company by trying to keep it out of the Republican printing business in reckless disregard of the truth.
The suit alleges that as recently as July 8, MassGOP's executive assistant, told the campaign of state Rep. David DeCoste of the 5th Plymouth district - one of the few remaining Republicans in the state legislature - it could not use East Coast Printing, even though the campaign has used the company in the past, and even though:
Time and again, East Coast has proven that it can and will perform to the highest standards. East Coast's commitment to excellence and dependability are especially evident in times of need; and whenever MassGOP candidates need last minute mailers, East Coast always delivers on time.