Perhaps “Odious Glodis” has polling information showing that he is behind in the race for Auditor, consistent with the State House News poll that was out today, showing him trailing Suzanne Bump by 2 points. Statehouse News Poll, via John Keller This might explain why he has launched a misleading negative attack on his opponent, Suzanne Bump, both on the radio and in a a direct mail piece. In the piece, Glodis attacks Bump for a 20-year old ethics violation that she resolved by agreeing to pay a $600 fine. What Glodis doesn’t say is that in the interest of transparency, Suzanne Bump has referenced the violation and linked to the Disposition Agreement with the State Ethics Commission on her campaign website for months. www.suzannebump.com Glodis also doesn’t mention that the Commission’s agreement notes that Bump fully cooperated and that there was no evidence that the gratuity was intended to influence any official act.
Further, Glodis negative attack piece falsely states that Bump lost her reelection bid because of the ethics violation. This is completely untrue. The disposition with the Ethics Commission is dated May 12, 1994, yet she left office in 1993. The fact is that Suzanne Bump lost reelection because she took on the powerful lawyers’ lobby and led the reform of what was a completely broken Worker’s Compensation System. The lawyers recruited and funded the campaign of her opponent. Throughout her campaign for State Auditor, Bump has repeatedly said that she is proud of her work in reforming the system, that is today a national model, and that she would do it again, even though it cost her politically. In fact, this is one of the reasons the Boston Globe cited for endorsing her: Connaughton, Bump are best in broad field for state auditor
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.
Perhaps Glodis has launched this negative attack tactic to stem the tide of overwhelming support that Bump has been enjoying this week, including endorsements by the Boston Globe, the Salem Evening News, the Newton TAB, Brookline TAB, Somerville Journal, Watertown TAB and Cambridge Chronicle. Or perhaps he is trying to distract voters from the recent news articles in The Boston Globe Glodis left loan source off his state ethics filing, Loan by Glodis followed one he received, and 2 more on ballot failed to pay tax related to his his consistent pattern of failing to follow the rules, including Campaign Finance and Tax Laws and an audit report that found that he awarded a no-bid contract and improper raises to staff in violation of internal policies at the Sheriff’s office. Either way, Bump is right to maintain her positive campaign and show the voters what real leadership looks like.