Let’s put the facts in order here.
Rebecca Otto, one of the nastiest little people in Minnesota politics, defeated Pat Anderson, one of the most proactive and competent state auditors this state has ever had, in 2006, partly on a promise to “make sure rules are followed”, but mostly on a wave of anti-incumbent fervor that swept out all the GOP constitutional officers except the Governor and Lieutentant Governor.
She then proceeded to do a very spotty job of auditing, but did manage to spend money like a sailor on leave.
She did, however, get very pissy when people tried to hold her accountable for her office’s counterintuitively spendthrift ways.
“State Auditor Rebecca Otto’s re-election campaign this morning accused the Minnesota GOP Party of making ‘sweeping’ data requests in search of information to smear her campaign. She said the state GOP and an aligned group are using the Minnesota Public Data Practices Act to make ‘open ended, burdensome data requests of at least one constitutional office on the taxpayers’ dime.’” (Charley Shaw, “Otto accuses Minnesota GOP Party of ‘burdensome’ public data request.” Legal Ledger, June 30, 2010)
Not that there was any doubt I was voting to return Pat Anderson to the Auditor’s office this fall, I realize – but seriously, Otto’s regime at the Auditor’s office almost reads like a parody.
Read the MDE story.