abc
QUICK LINKS:

State Auditor Candidates Spar One Day Before Primary, Challenger Visits Duluth

Updated: 08/11/2014 11:07 PM
Created: 08/11/2014 11:03 PM WDIO.com

An office that seldom gets much public attention has provided one of Minnesota's most intense primary battles this summer. On the day before the primary election, the battle for state auditor used Duluth as a battleground. 

State Auditor Rebecca Otto is trying to fend off a hard challenge from fellow DFL'er Matt Entenza, a former top legislator who is spending loads of personal money on the race. The contest pits former legislative colleagues and has proven acrimonious from the get-go.

On Monday, Entenza campaigned in Duluth promoting his progressive plans for the job if he wins the seat. He says the state auditor should do more than just balance the books.

On the job he would be "defending pensions and stopping pension privatization," according to Entenza. "We need a more active auditor that's going to be working to protect our schools and digging into school finance issues to make sure all of our kids can succeed, and we need someone who's going to be an advocate for rural communities so that we can create more jobs and create more economic vitality."

"The incumbent auditor doesn't want to work on those issues... she says it's not her job, I say if it's not the auditor's job, than whose job is it?"

In response, Otto called Entenza's campaign misleading. She says that the auditor's job is not to create policy, and the things that Entenza is promising is not within the auditor's authority. 

"He doesn't understand this job. He's making promises he can't keep. He's trying to scare seniors by saying their social security is going to be privatized and somehow he's going to stop it," she said. "That's the most disingenious form of campaigning that I've ever seen in my lifetime in Minnesota, and I think that should be a definite red flag for voters."

Otto says she hopes voters reward her earnest approach to the job over the past two terms. She also points to the awards won during her service in office, including a President's Award on Monday.

The President's Award is given each year to one state auditor, one state comptroller and one state treasurer to recognize exceptional efforts in government financial management and accountability, according to a release from the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers

The state Democratic Party has rallied to Otto's defense with mailings and get-out-the-vote calls. But Entenza has waged a visible campaign with the help of $675,000 in personal contributions and big-time endorsements.

Tuesday's winner next faces Republican Randy Gilbert, the Independence Party's Patrick Dean and the Grassroots Party's Judith Schwartzbacker.

(Copyright 2014 WDIO-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Front Page

  • Authorities Investigating Possible Homicide on the Fond Du Lac Reservation

    Authorities are investigating the death of a 31-year-old woman in Stoney Brook Township on the Fond Du Lac Reservation. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Monday that they believe the death was an act of violence. One suspect has been taken into custody and authorities are asking for the public's help locating a woman who may have more information.

  • No Criminal Charges for Superior Officer in Controversial Arrest

    Superior Police Chief Charles F. LaGesse announced Monday morning the Bayfield County District Attorney has issued his decision about the actions of Officer George Gothner during the arrest of Natasha Lancour.

  • Crash Survivor Shares Story To Fight Distracted Driving

    An Itasca County woman took the stage at Proctor High School Monday to share her story and raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Paige Anderson was in an accident five years ago when the car she was in was hit by a bus. She's paralyzed from the stomach down and in a wheelchair.

  • Proctor Police Searching for Suspect in Armed Robbery

    The Proctor Police Department is asking for the public's help in their search for the suspect from an armed robbery Sunday night. They say the suspect robbed the Proctor Milk House at gunpoint at about 10:15 p.m.

  • Early Voting Begins in Wisconsin

    Municipal clerks across Wisconsin began accepting ballots Monday. Early voting hours generally run from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays, however local clerks can set their own hours within those perimeters. Early voting ends Oct. 31.

 
Advertisement