The Auditor’s race is as down ballot as you can get, but I’m glad it has gotten as much attention as it has here on BMG. It’s an important race that has, with few exceptions, been ignored by the press. I don’t think I need to go into too much detail about why I’m avoiding Guy Glodis. Yellowdogdem has given us plenty of reasons, and Charley has even said it’s over for him.
I really don’t like how negative Bump has gone, but I can’t say I’m surprised. She hasn’t gotten any traction at all, and I think that’s evidenced by the $50,000 she has lent to her campaign. If she hadn’t she’d be operating in the red. When I heard she was running my first thought was that she should be expecting $500 checks from every union in the state to be rolling in soon. That clearly hasn’t happened, nor has she been raising much from individuals. If she has to go negative and go through two campaign staffs just to get 15% at the convention, I don’t know how she is going to be able to beat a very competitive Republican candidate in the general.
I strongly believe that Mike Lake will be the most independent candidate for an office that, above all others, you don’t want someone who owes lots of favors. I also think his education and experience set him above the above the pack and also position him very competitively in the general. His five degrees (Finance, Management Information Systems, Political Science, Communications, and Entrepreneurship) are all in fields directly relevant to the operations of the Auditor’s office.
Impressing the President of the United States enough to be appointed a special assistant while still in your early 20s is a remarkable feat in and of itself. When you realize it was by re-designing and improving processes and systems for the White House, it becomes even more impressive. Good enough for President Clinton is more than good enough for me.
It is his forward thinking that has solidly put me into his camp, however. Mike has committed to bringing those same skills and abilities to the Statehouse, proactively seeking out ways to improve state agencies. Rather than wait for an after the fact audit, Mike wants to take best practices and apply them now.
I’ll proudly be casting my vote for Mike at the convention tomorrow. For those of you who will be attending with me, I would ask you to do the same.