Disclaimer: Dan Fishman is a friend and someone I once advised as a candidate for state representative during my tenure with the United Independent Party. I have never been paid to work for him or his campaigns in any capacity and am not affiliated with his campaign for Auditor or the Libertarian Party in any way. I am posting this entirely as a friend and a fan of his candidacy.
I agree wholeheartedly with the Boston Globe editorial board. Dan Fishman is the best choice for State Auditor in 2018.
The office of the state auditor could do so much more for Massachusetts, but not under the leadership of Suzanne Bump.
The unfolding payroll scandal at the State Police — which somehow escaped the incumbent Democratic auditor’s notice — is a good example of the sort of waste and abuse that a real activist in the job might ferret out on behalf of taxpayers. An auditor without any partisan axes to grind could shake up the state.
The Globe goes on to write about Dan’s positive attributes:
Fishman worked as a special education teacher, then went back to school to learn computer programming. He has worked at start-ups companies and in IT at Massachusetts General Hospital. A former colleague described him as a “math geek,” adept at managing large amounts of data. Government waste in the 21st century hides in databases like payroll records, and although Fishman isn’t a CPA (neither is Bump), he has an intriguing background for a modern auditor.
Fishman wants to step up payroll audits and post information on the Web for citizens and journalists to scrutinize. And he wants to meet the legal requirements of auditing each agency once every three years. “You’re not allowed to say your job is too complicated in Massachusetts,” he says.
We have regularly complained about the incumbent here for years, the protege of her predecessor Joe “Of course my nephew gets a job” DeNucci. Bump has continued in that vain. There is a conflict of interest with a business she inherited from her late husband. The mix up with auditing the RMV. The failure to audit the State Police who are on the warpath against any civilian oversight. The only signature issue she has consistently adopted is the Republican pet issue of welfare fraud. I am sure Geoff Diehl and Howie Carr are happy to see that. The rest of us shouldn’t be.
This progressive Democrat will pick the libertarian who is beholden to no one on Beacon Hill, who opposes patronage in all its forms, and promises to audit the government from top to bottom including sacred cows like the State Police Democrats and Republicans are too afraid to touch.