The Evergreen Freedom Foundation released the list of the state's gubernatorial and legislative candidates who signed (or not) the Performance Audit Pledge (calling for all state agencies to have their performance audited by the state's elected auditor). The list of candidates and their position on the Performance Audit Pledge is here.
Commend those candidates who signed the pledge. Reject those candidates who refused (unless they also state a compelling reason for refusing to sign). Ask tough questions of the candidates who declined to take a stand.
Democrat Ron Sims, who has publicly rejected the entire concept of government accountability, didn't bother to respond. Democrat Christine Gregoire, who has badly mismanaged the Attorney General's office, refused to sign the pledge but didn't cite any substantive reasons. She only launched a dishonest ad hominem attack on an organization that isn't mentioned anywhere in the pledge:
I wholeheartedly support the use of audits. In fact, as Attorney General, I have used AGMAP—Attorney General Management Accountability Project—to track dollars and manage the priorities of the Attorney General’s office in all its activities. As governor, I want to expand this exciting technology throughout the entire state government.The Performance Audit Pledge has nothing to do with minimum wage laws or "rolling back civil rights". A number Democrats in the state legislature, including House Speaker Frank Chopp, signed the pledge. The Democratic Leadership Council has made performance audits a high priority.
However, I respectfully decline to sign this pledge from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Among the positions ALEC has advocated are efforts to roll back civil rights, eliminate state minimum wage laws and oppose environmental protections. I do not believe that this is the right direction for Washington. Since I do not support ALEC’s goals and philosophies, I cannot sign my name in support of ALEC. Nevertheless, I thank you for this opportunity to reiterate my support of audits and the AGMAP technology.
Gregoire's rejection of independent performance audits is yet another indication that she is only interested in managing state government for the convenience of its employees, and not for the benefit of the people.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at August 11, 2004 11:24 AM | Email This