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Radio Smart Talk: John Maher Republican for Auditor General

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 4, 2012 7:27 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, October 4, segment one:


John Maher, the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General will appear on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk.  Maher will discuss why he wants to be the state's top fiscal watchdog, what plans he has for the office and why he believes he is the best candidate for the position.

Maher, who is from Allegheny County, currently serves in the State House of Representatives.

His opponent is Democrat Eugene DePasquale of York County, who will appear on Radio Smart Talk Monday, October 15.

Radio Smart Talk will discuss the issues with the statewide candidates throughout the month of October as part of witf's Election 2012 coverage.

What questions do you have for John Maher?

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  • bobcolganrac img 2012-10-04 08:46

    I was impressed by Maher's insistence on the need for a person with genuine auditor background experience .... seems reasonable that someone who's already wired that way would be the best person for the post.

    I particularly like an Aud Gen who is NOT afraid to speak out in the interest of the citizens of PA. The post SHOULD be independent.

    My fear is that partisan politics -----for someone who has been one of the Party members (Maher or DePasquale)----- are difficult to dismiss as an influence on their impartiality in the role of Aud Gen.

    I would much rather see someone who has no political ties appointed to the post by a non-partisan committee ....but that's wishful thinking.

    A good showing by Maher on today's show....he appears to be a responsible candidate.

  • Andrew img 2012-10-04 10:48

    Dear Scott

    I am sorry I wasn't able to call in on your show this morning. Mr Maher used as an example of his uncovering corruption the John Gardner Black Ponzi scheme . From the context it appears he or his staff discovered the losses incurred by Devon Capital Management. . In truth it was an SEC audit and investigation in 1997 that led to Black's unduing and eventual guilty plea. Auditors for Pennsylvania school districts that suffferd losses did not uncover the fictious amounts shown as assets for each school which had funds invested with Mr Black. I have no idea how Mr Maher could possibly take credit unless he was an agent and or audior of the SEC. Would love to have asked that question this morning.

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