Auditor candidate DiZoglio pledges to investigate Beacon Hill
After a two-day layover at New Bedford’s Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Methuen Senator Diana DiZoglio stopped by the WBSM. south coast tonight to talk about his candidacy for the position of auditor.
On Thursday, DiZoglio toured the party grounds with Rep. Tony Cabral and New Bedford City Council members who endorsed his campaign.
Friday. she attended a One SouthCoast Chamber event at the party hosted by City Council Speaker Ian Abreu, who officially endorsed her campaign that day.
DiZoglio enjoys strong support from SouthCoast elected officials. Along with Rep. Cabral and Council Chairman Abreu, she was also endorsed by Rep. Chris Hendricks, City Councilmen Shane Burgo and Ryan Perreira, and State Senators Marc Pacheco and Mark Montigny.
She credits this support to representing hub cities as a representative and senator in Beacon Hill and working on issues that impact cities like New Bedford, such as housing inequality.
DiZoglio herself grew up in precarious housing as the daughter of a teenage single mother. Throughout her life, DiZoglio had to work several waitress and housekeeping jobs while in college and started her career in the nonprofit sector to make ends meet.
The State Auditor is the Commonwealth’s accountability officer, responsible for investigating more than 200 state agencies to find instances of waste, fraud and abuse. Democratic primary candidate DiZoglio made waves in the race for listeners with her pledge to conduct an audit of the state legislature. His opponents in this election, as well as outgoing state auditor Suzanne Bump, argue that the auditor does not have the legal authority to investigate Beacon Hill.
“We have a thousand percent ability to audit the legislature,” DiZoglio said on south coast tonight. “I’ve read the law and the law is clear. I’ve been in the state senate, I’ve served in the legislature and look, that’s not the most popular position to advocate for. from auditing the members you currently belong to. You can imagine I lost a lot of mentions because of that.”
“And there are some in my management team, in fact I believe the majority of my management team has now backed against me in this race,” DiZoglio added. “And I believe that has a lot to do with me standing up and speaking truth to power. I respect the work of my colleagues but I don’t think we should be above the law. “
During his tenure in the Legislative Assembly, DiZoglio was a vocal critic of Beacon Hill leadership. She specifically accused former House Speaker Robert DeLeo of coercing harassed Beacon Hill employees into signing nondisclosure agreements. Senator DiZoglio fell victim to this practice when she said she was sexually harassed while working as a legislative aide.
“The way they thought it was appropriate at the time to stop this harassment was to fire me,” DiZoglio said. “And then demand that on my way out, I sign a nondisclosure agreement funded by taxpayers, paid for by everyone who listens just to collect my severance package.”
After her dismissal as a legislative aide, DiZoglio then successfully ran for election as a state representative, becoming the youngest woman serving in Beacon Hill. She has spent much of her time speaking out against the practice of NDAs for harassed employees, not just in the legislature, but in every state agency.
She worked to pass a bill as a senator through the upper house banning the practice of taxpayer-funded NDAs, but the legislation stalled in the House.
If elected as an auditor, DiZoglio said she intends to use the office’s bullying pulpit and investigative authority to expose and end the use of NDAs to cover up instances of harassment. against the state government.
“The leadership structure is broken,” DiZoglio said. “I’ve asked for audits. I’ve asked for investigations – but as your next state auditor, I won’t have to keep asking for audits. I won’t need to keep asking for surveys. I can take my past 10 years line by line in this state budget and I will audit and investigate these issues and more on your behalf.”
Listen to Diana DiZoglio’s full interview with Chris and Marcus on SouthCoast Tonight:
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