Beacon Hill has a new musical sensation, and it’s… State Auditor Diana DiZoglio?
The Methuen Democrat released an original song this week amid her efforts to audit the Massachusetts legislature — a controversial move that drew backlash from legislative leaders and may have nearly cost DiZoglio her speech at the 2023 MassDems Convention.
The auditor was initially the only statewide officeholder not on the convention’s speaker list, Politico first reported. Speaking on GBH’s “Boston Public Radio” show Monday, she said she was then given a few minutes for a speech.
Still, that didn’t stop DiZoglio from airing his grievances in the form of a song called “My Voice.”
“Some people go play basketball, some people go knitting,” DiZoglio said. “I go to my piano, and that’s my outlet.”
She said she sang in a gospel choir when she was younger, adding: “Sometimes I write speeches, sometimes I write songs. »
Lyrics include “You may censor my speech, but you will not silence my voice” and “Open every closed door.” Let the sun shine like never before,” echoing remarks DiZoglio previously made about his attempts to audit the Legislature.
His office launched the audit last March, and it didn’t take long for top lawmakers to refuse to comply. House Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka both questioned DiZoglio’s legal authority to audit the Legislature, both pointing to information their respective chambers have already made public .
“This is an incredibly horrible example to set for other state entities that the Legislature refuses to comply with at this time,” DiZoglio said Monday on GBH. “Imagine if DCF (the Department of Children and Families) simply refused to comply with our office. Imagine if the MBTA, during all the tough times it’s going through now, said, “Sorry, listener, we’re not going to comply.” »
In July, DiZoglio asked Attorney General Andrea Campbell for support if she sued the House and Senate to force them to comply.
Now, DiZoglio is seeking to put the issue before voters via a ballot initiative that would explicitly authorize the audit. But to do that, she’ll need 75,000 signatures on her petition by mid-November.
“If there is nothing to hide, open the doors, open the books and let us do our examination,” she said.
DiZoglio also told “Boston Public Radio” hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan that his office has already begun auditing the Legislature through private meetings and by digging through publicly available documents.
She said she contacted MassGOP Chairwoman Amy Carnevale to support the initiative, which she described as a nonpartisan and “good government” issue.
And as for DiZoglio’s musical prospects?
“Don’t get too excited, legislative leaders,” she joked. “I’m not quitting my job to become a singer right now.”
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