This is typically the time of year when politicians turn all of their focus toward re-election campaigns, but for Auditor Suzanne Bump, the attention this week on her own re-election effort was not what she had in mind.
Former top aide Laura Marlin, who helped get Bump narrowly elected in 2010 and became her first deputy at the State House, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in federal court against her old boss alleging that she was fired after challenging Bump's use of her state office for political activity.
According to Marlin, Bump had campaign paperwork, including signature collection sheets, distributed out of her State House office and became enraged when Marlin challenged her over whether the political director of an influential labor union should have been contacted during the preparation of an audit of the troubled Department of Children and Families.
Bump denies all the allegations contained within the lawsuit, but is in need of legal representation after Attorney General Martha Coakley's office said she would not be representing her fellow constitutional officer because Marlin used to work for the attorney general, and it would create a conflict.
While Bump promised a "vigorous defense" of her reputation, the auditor's Republican challenger Patricia Saint Aubin suggested that a criminal investigation might be warranted and Coakley neatly sidestepped that question by suggesting she had yet to be fully caught up on the details of the case.
It didn't take long for the fruits of the Legislature's late session labor to bloom. A new super PAC disclosure law took effect and forced Mass Forward PAC to disclose that Treasure Steve Grossman's number one super fan is none other than mamma Shirley Grossman.
Grossman's mother was the top donor to the super PAC supporting her son's campaign for governor, ponying up a $100,000 allowance for the cause. Campaigns and super PACs are forbidden from coordinating with one another, so Grossman wouldn't even go so far as to confirm his mother's support, but Shirley had no problem telling the Globe that at 92 years old she can't knock on doors anymore so she's talking with her wallet.