The State Auditor’s race has generated some buzz on BMG but most of the talk has been sniping. While it’s clear the vast majority of BMG posters won’t be with Guy Glodis, there is a question that is far less clear – who is the real progressive in the Democratic race for State Auditor?
To answer that question let’s first look at the resumes of Suzanne Bump and Mike Lake.
Mike was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Special Assistant for White House operations.
As Director of Development for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Mike built on the experience he gained at the White House, regularly communicating with the public to explain clearly and transparently the impact that their giving was making in their community.
In his current position, as Executive Director of Northeastern University’s World Class Cities Partnership…
State Representative/Chair of Commerce & Labor Committee
Assistant Vice President, Law and Government Relations, American Insurance Association
Regional Vice President, General Counsel, Citigroup
Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development
As a Lobbyist for the Insurnace Industry and Citigroup, Bump carried the insurance industry agenda in Massachusetts and nationally. Here’s what the American Insurance Association’s website says about what Bump’s job involved:
AIA is working to secure meaningful system reform in states, while blocking efforts by organized Labor and the trial bar to destabilize functioning state systems or impose artificial restrictions on rates.
United Way or American Insuarnce Association? You decide.
So, what are the candidates’ for State Auditor’s positions on some basic progressive issues?
Start with casino gaming:
But it’s the “inevitability of casino gaming in Massachusetts” that had Bump excited.
“It was a proposal that I don’t think was well appreciated by a number of members of the Legislature who felt that, because they had voted on slots at the tracks, they had already considered what the destination resort casinos would be,” she said. “The governor wanted to take all the possibilities that we have for tourism development and work that into a proposal for destination resort casinos.
From an email response from the Mike Lake campaign:
One thing that distinguishes Mike from his opponents is that he is the only candidate opposed to the expansion of gaming in Massachusetts. Mike believes that although spurring job growth is essential, there are better ways to accomplish that end without expanding gambling. As is evidenced by
casinos around the country, the neighboring communities suffer from increased levels of crime and foreclosures, families further suffer from the negative impacts of gambling addictions. One of the reasons Mike was motivated to run for this office was to make a difference for future generations by influencing decisions made today. In the effort, Mike could not support casinos in Massachusetts as a short term strategy at the expense of long term stability.
So Suzanne Bump supports casino gaming legislation and Mike Lake opposes casino gaming.