Political Notebook

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    Lee Hamilton recently received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Auditor candidate adapts ‘Twelve Days’ carol for campaign


Mike Claytor, who seeks the Democratic nomination for state auditor, campaigned electronically Tuesday by releasing the “12 Days of Claytor Christmas,” his political adaptation of the English carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Here they are:

  • 12 months of balanced books
  • 11 months of hard campaigning
  • 10 million dollars in campaign contributions
  • 9 X 10,000 more votes than my opponent
  • 8 COSO Framework Internal Control Standards implemented statewide (COSO is the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, which provides guidance on organizational governance. Political Notebook wonders what COSO would recommend for eight maids a-milking.)
  • 7 simple instructions to guide taxpayers through the Indiana Transparency Portal
  • (HJR) 6 defeated (House Joint Resolution 6 is the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit same-gender marriages.)
  • 5 golden calculators
  • 4 CPAs leading the state auditor’s office (Claytor, a retired certified public accountant who lives in Carmel, notes that of the four top officials in the auditor’s office, two deputies are CPAs.)
  • 3 members of the State Board of Finance who are more representative of Hoosier common sense
  • 2-day turnaround for processing state transactions in the auditor’s office
  • 1 newly elected Democratic state auditor in November 2014 ( “We have not had a Democrat elected to that position since 1982,” Claytor wrote.)

The auditor’s job has been in flux this year. Tim Berry resigned to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. Gov. Mike Pence replaced Berry with Dwayne Sawyer, who resigned in November after four months on the job. Pence selected state Rep. Suzanne Crouch, R-Evansville, to replace Sawyer, but Crouch will not assume her duties until Jan. 2. The interim auditor is Erin Sheridan.

The four-year position is up for election next year. Candidates will be nominated at the political parties’ state conventions.