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Scranton Times-Tribune: We endorse Eugene DePasquale for auditor general


Pennsylvanians have two good choices for the important position of state auditor general in incumbent Democrat Eugene DePasquale, 45, a former state legislator from York County, and Republican challenger John Brown, 52, the Northampton County executive and former mayor of Bangor.

Based on his solid record during his first term, the editorial boards of The Citizens’ Voice, The Times-Tribune and The Hazleton Standard-Speaker endorse DePasquale.

The auditor general’s office has a state-mandated roster of auditing responsibilities. But DePasquale has regularly exceeded those requirements, especially with highly insightful performance audits of controversial state charter school financing and of nearly bankrupt, poorly managed municipal government pension systems. Those audits are not simply dry analyses of money flowing in and out, but blueprints for badly needed reforms.

That level of effectiveness is not limited to statewide matters. One of DePasquale’s audits, for example, exposed the folly of the Scranton School Board in declining to seek bids for its transportation contract.

Brown has had an active and controversial two years as county executive, attempting to reduce the government’s costs but losing court challenges and labor board rulings in the process. Yet he correctly identifies the need to “change the culture” of government — not a bad outlook for an auditor general.

DePasquale already has taken solid strides in that direction, however, earning public confidence and a strong case for re-election.

Read the endorsement here.