I want to thank the editors of Blue Mass Group for their endorsement, and everyone on this forum who supported my campaign for the Democratic Nomination for State Auditor. But I also want to thank those of you who supported the other candidates in the race. I have spoken with both Guy Glodis and Mike Lake since the Primary, and I congratulated them on their campaigns. Both Guy and Mike have graciously offered their support for me and the rest of the Democratic ticket as we take on the Republicans in just over 6 weeks. And the fact is that I am a much better candidate today because of Guy and Mike and their challenging campaigns.
My opponent, Mary Connaughton, claims that, because she is a CPA, she is qualified to be State Auditor. In her recent rhetoric, she claims that she will be an independent auditor, free from political influence.
But you don’t have to look further than her speech at the Republican Convention in April 2010 to see the shallowness of her rhetoric. In that speech, Connaughton reveled in the moniker given to her by the Boston Globe when she was on the Turnpike Authority board – “the thorniest thorn in the side of Governor Patrick” – to great applause from the assembled Republicans. And Connaughton went on to say “When I was first appointed to the Turnpike Board in 2005, the Boston Herald wrote that Governor Romney unleashed an attack dog on the Turnpike Authority. The Associated Press referred to me as a pit bill. And I’m telling you, if you liked me as a pit bull on the Turnpike Board you’ll love me as a pit pull in the State Auditor’s office.”
“Thorniest thorn in the side of Governor Patrick.” “Pit bull in the State Auditor’s office.” That doesn’t sound like an independent State Auditor. In fact, Mary Connaughton is the candidate of Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, who are both headlining fundraisers for her. And on March 30, 2010, she tweeted “Biil [sic] Hudak celebrated his birthday in style tonight at Kowloons in Saugus. Wish I went for seconds on the egg rolls.”
I need your help to defeat this Republican candidate with nothing more than a clearly partisan Republican agenda for the State Auditor’s Office. I hope that you will agree with me that we need a State Auditor with a belief in and a track record of reforming how government works, and not just another Republican dedicated to trashing public service. If you can help, please go to my website, www.suzannebump.com to contribute to my campaign so we will have the resources to take on Mary Connaughton. And if you have some time between now and November 2, please sign up to volunteer at www.suzannebump.com/volunteer/.