Mass. labor secretary will campaign for state auditor

By Andrea Estes
Globe Staff / November 21, 2009

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Just a few months after she ruled out a run for the office, state Labor Secretary Suzanne Bump has told the Patrick administration she will become a candidate for state auditor after all, state officials said.

Bump geared up for a candidacy in July, before the incumbent, Joseph DeNucci, announced he would not seek reelection. The problem was she told DeNucci before telling her boss, Governor Deval Patrick, who was displeased and gave her an ultimatum through aides: the campaign or the job.

Bump picked the job, issuing the following statement at the time: “I believe strongly in the work that Governor Patrick is doing and the work that I am doing on his behalf and will not be a candidate for state auditor.’’

But now, days after DeNucci’s press conference, she is choosing the campaign and has told the administration she will resign, state officials said. Bump said yesterday that any speculation about her plans “is exceedingly premature.’’

“The only thing I’m planning right now is Thanksgiving dinner,’’ she said.

Bump, who once served as a state representative, has seemed itchy to get back to electoral politics before. When Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill first said he was looking at running for governor, she refused to discount a campaign for his job.

After months of speculation, DeNucci, 70, said last week that he will not seek reelection, ending a five-decade career at the State House. The Newton Democrat, a former prizefighter, rose from legislative page to one of the state’s most powerful offices.

Other potential candidates include Worcester Sheriff Guy Glodis, formerly a state senator; Councilor Stephen Murphy of Boston; and state senators Marc Pacheco of Taunton and Mark Montigny of New Bedford.