Amore juggling auditor campaign with museum day job
Uses vacation time to attend many of his events
DIANA DIZOGLIO, the Democratic candidate for auditor, tapes a debate this morning with her Republican opponent before heading off to western Massachusetts to campaign in Northampton, Amherst, and Orange alongside the party’s candidate for governor, Maura Healey.
It’s a great opportunity for DiZoglio to ride the coattails of Healey, the state’s attorney general, and gain exposure in a part of the state unfamiliar with a senator from Methuen.
DiZoglio’s rival, Anthony Amore, doesn’t have a similar campaign swing planned, largely because he doesn’t have the time. He has to juggle his campaign efforts while working his regular job as director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
It’s a day-to-day challenge for Amore. CommonWealth called his campaign looking for a comment on a separate issue on Tuesday and was told Amore would call back at around 6 p.m. – after he gets off work.
Amore said he used vacation time to attend the endorsement press conference.
Mark Steffen, a campaign aide to Amore, said he’s proud to be working for someone juggling a campaign and a full-time job. “He lives with his partner and her 9-year-old daughter in Winchester and contributes financially to their home,” Steffen said in an email. “In addition to that, he’s been paying tuition bills for one of his daughters to attend school. Sometimes we’ll lighten his campaign schedule to give him a Saturday to spend time with her. Just recently he spent a Saturday watching his daughter perform in the marching band at a UMass Amherst football game. If we need to do campaign-related events during the work day, he always uses vacation time, which is limited. So we have to be judicious about the use of that time.”
Most of the Democratic candidates running for statewide office don’t face a similar time crunch because they are elected officials. No one docks their pay when they are out campaigning for another office.
DiZoglio is a state senator; Healey is the attorney general; and Healey’s lieutenant governor running mate, Kim Driscoll, is the mayor of Salem. William Galvin and Deborah Goldberg are incumbents — Galvin is the secretary of the Commonwealth and Goldberg is the state treasurer.
The lone Democrat running for statewide office who doesn’t currently have a day job is Andrea Campbell, who is campaigning for attorney general.There has been talk from time to time about trying to make it easier financially for candidates to run for office. Candidates have pressed for the ability to use campaign funds to pay for childcare or to pay themselves a small salary. Bills to allow the use of campaign funds to pay for child care were filed in the current legislative session but did not pass.
Brookline activist Jesse Mermell, who narrowly lost a Democratic primary bid for Congress in 2020, said the challenges candidates face are real. “Who can afford to be without income for nearly a year to run for office?” she asked in a post-campaign essay. “How many people whose talent and lived experiences would add incredible value to the political process are boxed in at the consideration phase of a campaign because, like most Americans, they have rent to pay, loans to cover, and mouths to feed? Too many.”