Tomorrow’s Boston Sunday Globe features an endorsement of Suzanne Bump in the Democratic Primary for State Auditor. Here is the Globe’s reasoning:
Of the three candidates for the Democratic nomination for auditor, former state labor secretary Suzanne Bump is best positioned to look out for the interest of citizens. She argues that, as a believer in the power of government to improve people’s lives, she feels an obligation to make sure it runs well.
Bump has a clearer fix than her opponents on how the auditor’s office might be used for the public good. She promises to zero in on the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth, as a way of ensuring that parties involved in health care reform are doing their jobs at maximum efficiency; it’s a shrewd allocation of resources, a cardinal example of where a state auditor can do the most good.
Guy Glodis, currently the Worcester County sheriff, promises to promote economic development, but some of his proposals – such as investigating the use of out-of-state labor on local projects – lie at some distance from the essential duties of the auditor. Mike Lake, a whiz kid who worked at the White House at the end of the Clinton administration, seems genuinely interested in holding public agencies accountable, but his lack of experience at the state or local level could hamper his ability to carry out the nuts-and-bolts aspects of the job.
In a state dominated by Democratic elected officials, the Democratic nominee for auditor has a special burden to demonstrate independence from the party’s establishment and its most powerful constituencies. Perhaps because she has DeNucci’s support, Bump appears loath to criticize the raises he ordered. Still, she’s displayed significant spine in other ways. As a state legislator, Bump earned the ire of trial lawyers, and lost her seat to a primary challenger, in part because of her efforts to bring down out-of-control worker-compensation costs.
Her Democratic opponents for auditor also tout their independence: Lake has the best claim to outsider status, and Glodis won his current job by challenging an incumbent. But Bump has a clear edge. She’s committed to finding ways to improve government – and knowledgeable enough about government to know where to look.
Hope this gives some kind of a bump to the Bump Campaign.