Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why is a Senior Auditing Role a Political Appointment?

It was with great interest I read yet another fine article written by Connecticut Mirror reporter Mark Pazniokas. This time, the topic was the confirmation hearing of former State Senator Rob Kane (R) before the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, seeking to fill a high-profile and high-paying job as Republican auditor of public accounts. 

Since I was busy meeting people in the 32nd District, asking for their show of support for me as a petitioning candidate, I was unable to attend the hearing in Hartford or watch it live on CT-N. If you'd like to watch a political dog-and-pony show, one which seeks to put on a good show for the taxpayers and voters of Connecticut, then you must watch the hearing now stored for on-demand viewing in the CT-N archive.

Many questions come to mind:
  • Why is an auditors role a political appointment?
  • How could someone with no auditing or management experience be considered to lead such a large team of auditors, and for such an important financial role?
  • Why was there not one single question, from anyone — Democrat or Republican — about the abrupt and carefully coordinated circumstances of Kane's resignation? 
Then there's the very name of the legislative committee itself, the "Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee." What happens in the event that a member of our state government or a member of the public learns of misuse of public funds by employees within our third branch of government, namely our Judicial Branch. Does our Judicial Branch get a free pass on violating the public trust, merely because they run our courts and can control anything and everything that happens therein, from the most trivial small claims matter, right up to and including final disposition of matters before our Supreme Court, the so-called 'Court of last resort,' in the words of our current Chief Justice, Chase T. Rogers.

Well, this is precisely the issue that came to a head on May 21, 2015 when I personally hand-delivered a detailed complaint to both of our state auditors of public accounts. I'm not a Democrat or Republican, I'm just a concerned citizen and taxpayer, having watched the corrupt business-as-usual attitude in our state for far too long. Both the Democratic state auditor, John C. Geragosian, and his balancing counterpart, Republican Robert M. Ward, received copies of my complaint made under sworn declaration. Even though their Web site touts a bold red stamp "Government Waste - Fraud - Abuse | REPORT IT," the silence from their offices since filing that complaint has been deafening.

It was Ward's resignation that set in motion the Senate resignation of Kane and my own decision to run as a petitioning candidate. Perhaps, one new voice at a time, we can take back our state government from those who seem to think it's an entitlement for continued employment and a lifetime pension. 

What do you think? Watch the CT-N confirmation hearing, read the CT Mirror article, and if you're really interested in the questions posed, take a look at the 2015 complaint I field . . . and then decide for yourself if something needs to be done about this.