Updated: 06/04/2014 10:47 PM
Created: 06/04/2014 5:43 PM WDIO.com
A former House DFL leader and candidate for Minnesota governor is entering the race to become the next state auditor.
Matt Entenza announced his candidacy in front of the Federal Courthouse in Duluth Wednesday afternoon on a tour around the state.
Entenza is running as a DFLer, and is being criticized by Governor Mark Dayton and Party Chairman Ken Martin for entering the race during the final hour of filing on Tuesday.
Martin called it an "insult to hard-working DFL'ers he has to win over."
Entenza will challenge DFL-endorsed incumbent Rebecca Otto. He told Eyewitness News that Minnesota needs an auditor that is entirely on Dayton's team. "The present state auditor is a nice person but the reality is we need a more aggressive state auditor; a state auditor who is going to stand up in the tradition of Governor Mark Dayton. In addition, we need a state auditor who is going to stand up for DFL values," Entenza said.
Responding, Otto touted her accomplishments. In a statement, she said "the American Center for Government Auditing, a branch of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the 180,000-member worldwide organization of the auditing profession, has named me one of the 15 most influential professionals in all of government auditing at any level, specifically citing my "courage, integrity, and leadership."
Dayton admits that he disagrees with Otto on some issues, but said she has been a good auditor and deserves to be re-elected.
According to the Secretary of State's website, also running for the spot are Judith Schwartzbacker of the Grassroots Party, Patrick Dean of the Independence Party, and Republican Randy Gilbert.
Entenza ran against Dayton and Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor in 2010 but came in third place in the DFL primary.
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