We all know that Democrats across the nation are doing everything in their power to distance themselves from the failed policies of President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The same thing is taking place here in Iowa as Democrats are avoiding talking about the state’s finances and also don’t want to associate with Governor Chet Culver.
One Iowa Democrat is so adamant about not talking about the state finances that he is criticizing his Republican opponent for doing so. Jon Murphy, the Democratic candidate for State Auditor, is criticizing State Auditor Dave Vaudt for having the audacity to talk about the state’s finances as he travels across the state campaigning.
Murphy and Iowa Democrats are trying to make the case that Vaudt is over politicizing the auditor’s office, but those claims are ridiculous to those who have followed Vaudt since being elected in 2002.
Vaudt likes to remind people that there is no such thing as Republican numbers and Democrat numbers – only the real numbers that all of Iowa deals with. One of those numbers is the $2.4 billion that Governor Culver and the Democrat spent which exceeded what the state received in revenues. If you want to see more about the numbers that Vaudt talks about, click here.
It seems that Murphy’s major bone of contention is Vaudt’s criticisms of Culver and the Democrats’ use of one-time monies from the federal government. Vaudt has been a long time critic of the practice, long before Branstad was even rumored to be interested in another gubernatorial run.
Unlike Vaudt, Murphy isn’t a CPA and does not possess the accounting and auditing background required to become a licensed CPA. Instead, Murphy is a former lobbyist who was hired by the Culver administration to help monitor how the federal stimulus money is being spent in Iowa.
The question that Des Moines Register columnist Jason Clayworth should has asked Murphy before publishing his article on this topic yesterday is whether or not Murphy could audit his former boss if elected. More importantly, since Murphy has overseen the federal stimulus spending, there would be a conflict of interest if he were elected the Auditor of the state.
In his two terms as Iowa’s Auditor, Dave Vaudt has proven to be a straight shooter. While it is understandable that Culver and the Democrats don’t want Vaudt out there talking about the state’s finances, he provides the type of transparency that the people of Iowa deserve.
Maybe instead of being critical of what candidates say at their campaign events, Murphy and Clayworth should focus on state legislators who use state meetings to campaign against Republicans. That’s something to be upset about.
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