Dem. treasurer candidates Flowers, Barney debate on WDEL

By Tom Lehman 12:05am, August 5, 2014 - Updated 9:45pm, August 5, 2014
VIDEO: A segment of Monday's debate between State Treasurer Chip Flowers and Sean Barney, who is challenging him in this year's Democratic Primary. You can view the debate in its entirety below.
State Treasurer Chip Flowers and Sean Barney, his challenger in the Democratic primary, squared off in a heated debate heard Monday night on WDEL.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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Barney, a former policy director for Governor Jack Markell, criticized Flowers for his clashes with state lawmakers and the Cash Management Policy Board. He questioned the incumbent's effectiveness in light of those conflicts.

"It matters when you lose all of the time, because then what's the use in bringing you back if the result is predictable," Barney said.

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Flowers said Barney's comments were "wonderful and convenient," given his previous position with the Markell administration.

Instead of worrying about what others thought about him, Flowers said he would continue to push policies aimed at transparency and accountability, if reelected.

"Yes, I'm not going to win 100 percent of the time, that's OK, that's called democracy. But you know what? We're going to keep putting forth those ideas that I think are important for this state," Flowers said.

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The debate also touched on Flowers' claim that he had earned the state $44 million during his time in office, which is featured on campaign marketing materials.

"The people of Delaware made millions and so we should be proud of that and not trying to find a way to undercut it," Flowers touted.

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Barney accused Flowers of downplaying the role of the Cash Management Policy Board in making investments.

"It would be interesting to know, a straightforward 'yes or no' answer, was it you Treasurer Flowers? Was it the board? And the fact is you suggested differently at different times," Barney said.

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Both Flowers and Barney are competing in the Democratic primary for state treasurer on Sept. 9.

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