Mystery woman to run for office

The mystery woman who was at the center of a House chamber incident with a Braintree lawmaker last year says she is going to challenge Rep. David Torrisi of North Andover in the Democratic primary this fall.

Media outlets never identified Diana DiZoglio of Methuen as the woman who was seen in the House chamber in the predawn hours last April with Rep. Mark Cusack of Braintree after a party in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office. Reports indicated Cusack initially identified himself as another lawmaker when confronted by a security officer.

When gossip about the incident reached a fever pitch two months later, DeLeo launched a brief investigation that found Cusack and the unnamed woman “did not violate any law, House rule, or House personnel policy, and, most importantly, that there was no inappropriate behavior.”

PR guru George Regan said the incident wouldn’t have long-lasting effects. “I would call it youthful exuberance,” he told the Patriot Ledger at the time. “And next time, go to a hotel.”

According to a story in the Eagle-Tribune, DiZoglio at the time of the State House incident was working as an aide to Rep. Paul Adams, a Republican from Andover. The Globe reports she left that job in September, angry about rumors spread about her. She wrote articles for the monthly Valley Patriot of North Andover and served as chief of staff at the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts before deciding to run for office.

One article she wrote for the Valley Patriot in October outlined her philosophy on how to respond to adversity. It doesn’t mention the State House incident, but says she lost her job and her car and was cleaning toilets to make ends meet. “I am tired, I am broke, and for months now I have been trying to my best to not completely lose it,” she writes.

In an interview with the Globe, DiZoglio said she is not running for office because of the House chamber incident but informed by it. “I went through a literally life-ruining experience,” she said. “I hope this will be an example to young women who have been through similar life-ruining experiences, that you can’t let them dictate your future, that you have to rise up and work to succeed no matter the challenge.”

                                                                                                                                            –BRUCE MOHL

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