July 16, 2024

Politics

“Don’t get too excited, legislative leaders. I’m not quitting my day job to go be a singer proper now,” DiZoglio joked on GBH’s “Boston Public Radio” Monday.

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State Auditor Diana DiZoglio. Erin Clark/Boston Globe Employees, File

Beacon Hill has a brand new musical sensation, and it’s … State Auditor Diana DiZoglio?

The Methuen Democrat launched an unique track this week amid her push to audit the Massachusetts Legislature — a controversial initiative that spurred blowback from legislative leaders and should have nearly value DiZoglio her speech on the 2023 MassDems Conference. 

The auditor was initially the one statewide workplace holder not on the listing of conference audio system, Politico first reported. Talking on GBH’s “Boston Public Radio” Monday, she stated she was later allotted a couple of minutes for a speech. 

Nonetheless, that didn’t cease DiZoglio from airing her grievances within the type of a track, titled “My Voice.”  

“Some individuals go play basketball, some individuals do knitting,” DiZoglio defined. “I’m going to my piano, and that’s my outlet.”

She stated she sang in a gospel choir when she was youthful, including, “Generally I write speeches, generally I write songs.”

The lyrics embrace “You may censor my speech, however you received’t silence my voice,” and “Open each closed door. Let the solar shine like by no means earlier than,” echoing remarks DiZoglio beforehand made about her makes an attempt to audit the Legislature. 

Her workplace launched the audit again in March, and it didn’t take lengthy for prime lawmakers to refuse to conform. Home Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka each forged doubt on DiZoglio’s authorized authority to audit the Legislature, with each pointing to info their respective chambers have already made public. 

“It’s an extremely terrible instance to set to different state entities that the Legislature is refusing to conform proper now,” DiZoglio stated on GBH Monday. “Think about if DCF [the Department of Children and Families] simply refused to adjust to our workplace. Think about if the MBTA, throughout all of their difficult instances proper now, stated, ‘Sorry auditor, we’re not going to conform.’”

In July, DiZoglio requested Legal professional Common Andrea Campbell for her help if she sues the Home and Senate to drive their compliance.

Now, DiZoglio is trying to put the difficulty earlier than voters through a poll initiative that might explicitly authorize the audit. To take action, nevertheless, she’ll want 75,000 signatures on her petition by mid-November. 

“If there’s nothing to cover, open up the doorways, open up the books, and allow us to do our overview,” she stated.

DiZoglio additionally advised “Boston Public Radio” hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan that her workplace has begun to audit the Legislature already by non-public conferences and by digging into publicly accessible paperwork. 

She stated she’s reached out to MassGOP Chair Amy Carnevale to help the initiative, which she described as a non-partisan and “good authorities” challenge.

And as for DiZoglio’s musical prospects?

“Don’t get too excited, legislative leaders,” she joked. “I’m not quitting my day job to go be a singer proper now.”