Jim Should Have Asked

In the Morning Jolt, Jim Geraghty has a quote on Patrick Murphy, a Democrat candidate for senate in Florida, that he finds damming.  It is not.

Jim DeFade of CBS Miami finds:

Murphy has never held a CPA license in the state of Florida.

Instead, he obtained a license in Colorado. And because the requirements are lower in Colorado, Florida does not accept the license as valid in Florida. As a result, none of the work Murphy did in Florida for Deloitte & Touche was as a CPA.

Murphy is (or was) a CPA.  His license is from Colorado.  Everybody takes the same test under the same conditions.  Some states have more restrictions on taking the exam while some others have more restrictions on obtaining or keeping a license.  Murphy also worked for Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting firms.  Murphy has a solid accounting background.  Even the comments from his supervisor are less suspicious than Geraghty seems to think.  A partner big firm supervises lots of staff, most of the direct supervision comes from other levels in the firm, and the firm has lots of turnover.  Murphy didn’t make a big impression but he was one of many.

The bottom line is Murphy is a CPA and he worked for a quality firm.  Liberals aren’t the only ones that can show press bias.

If Geraghty had on his conservative hat rather than his partisan one, he might have observed the problem for conservatives.  We want to leave things to the state but we want free trade amongst the states.  When Florida was one of the first to enact restrictions on CPA licensure, it presents a problem for conservatives.  It is likely that Florida acted as it did to keep retirees from practicing in the Sunshine State.  The states have the right to make such restrictions but it presents a challenge for conservatives because we support free trade amongst countries and surely amongst the states.

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