For nearly a month, the most-talked-of race in Pennsylvania after the presidential contest has been that for the open office of state auditor general.
In part, the growing attention on the race stems from a Monmouth Poll conducted earlier this month. According to the poll, left-wing Democrat Nina Ahmad is eking out a lead of 43 to 41 percent statewide over Republican Tim DeFoor. (Incumbent Eugene DePasquale is "termed out" after two four-year terms on the job).
Should DeFoor emerge triumphant, he would become the first Black to win statewide office in Keystone State history.
In sharp contrast to biochemist Ahmad , Dauphin County Controller DeFoor is a conservative reformer with a background in law enforcement. A former special agent who has served in the state attorney general’s office and worked as a special investigator for the state inspector general's office, DeFoor established the first audit division of the county controller’s office. This, he points out, saved taxpayers over $1 million since January 2016.
Strongly backed by her party’s "progressive" wing, Ahmad initially trailed opponent Michael Lamb, four-term city controller of Pittsburgh and uncle of Rep. Conor Lamb, D.-Pa, in the May primary. But the counting of absentee ballots and early votes cast narrowly put Ahmad over the top.
"We pursued policies in Dauphin County that made county finances more transparent," DeFoor told Newsmax during the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Harrisburg Saturday, proudly recalling how his annual audits have won eight national awards.
Contrasting his background in keeping financial records in order and transparent with the background of his opponent, DeFoor said the work of the auditor general in keeping the state’s books "is what I do in Dauphin County."
On President Trump, DeFoor told us "he’s done some really good things, but I wish he would stop tweeting."
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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