Anthony Amore Charge Prompts Diana DiZoglio To Fire Back

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By Sam Drysdale
State House News Service

Two days into their head-to-head race, Republican auditor candidate Anthony Amore on Thursday publicly questioned whether his Democrat opponent, Diana DiZoglio, had enough experience related to the office.

“I think if you look at my opponent’s background, you’ll see that she’s had a career of honorable public service, certainly, but I don’t see any history of doing anything at all related to auditing or, in fact, leading an organization,” Amore said at an event outside the Massachusetts State House where he touted the endorsement of former governor Jane Swift.

Amore highlighted his own work experience in both the private and public sector. He has served as a federal agent, a senior official for the federal Department of Homeland Security, and now as director of security for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

“I’ve led very large organizations in the public sector and in the private sector, and I think my opponent lacks the experience of running an organization, which is a really key part of being auditor or any executive,” Amore said. “You have to know from day one how to manage an office and deal with the myriad of problems that come along with being an executive. I think, in that respect, I have a great advantage in this race.”

DiZoglio was elected to the Massachusetts Senate representing the First Essex District in 2018 after three terms as a state representative. Before her first victory, DiZoglio served as chief of staff for the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and worked at local nonprofits and community organizations.

“I find it incredibly unfortunate that my new challenger chose to launch attacks before the ink was even dry on our primary win,” DiZoglio said in response to Amore’s criticism. “I’m used to patronizing men like him up on Beacon Hill trying discredit the work of women like me and those who support me. My opponent’s experience consists of shopping for statewide offices. He ran for Secretary of State last cycle and lost so now wants to try Auditor on for size. We need leaders who are more interested in doing something rather than just trying to be someone.”

Amore on Thursday, September 8 also reiterated his call for Auditor Suzanne Bump to certify the billions of dollars due back to taxpayers under a state law known as Chapter 62F, which the state Department of Revenue estimated last week at $2.9 billion.

Bump has until September 20, and Amore — who with others has threatened a lawsuit in support of the relief — said the auditor has already had “plenty of time to review it.” Bump received the Department of Revenue’s estimate last week.

“September 20 is the statutory limit, but there’s no reason that this shouldn’t be expedited so that the money can come back to the taxpayers, again, who sorely need it in this time of massive inflation,” he said. “I cannot think of a time in my own lifetime where money back in everyday people’s pockets is more important. So I urge her, and I will continue to urge her, to expedite this process.”


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