“When it comes to finance,” Wisconsin state treasurer candidate Sarah Godlewski says in her new television ad, “you gotta double-check everything — even the small stuff.”

Godlewski, a Democrat, claims that her work for the U.S. Defense Department during the Iraq War saved taxpayers “tens of millions of dollars,” although she claims she can’t provide any evidence of this because her work was “top secret.”

Yet Godlewski’s unquenchable thirst for cutting government waste is contradicted by her candidacy itself.

Basically, the state treasurer is a shell position, open only to those craving a government paycheck. If elected, Godlewski would simply be living, breathing, government waste.

Of course, a lucrative state government paycheck for doing nothing is an attractive proposition, so Godlewski has competition. Among her opponents is Democrat Dawn Marie Sass, a former Boston Store retail clerk who rode the anti-Republican wave in 2006 to actually become the treasurer. She spent only $4,000 on the race in her third try for the office; she was defeated in 2010.

Sass says her goal as treasurer if she were to win this year would be to create a “State Bank of Wisconsin to offer low-cost loans and services to citizens.” But given the toothlessness of her office, the only way Sass is going to build a new bank is if she is skilled at masonry.

Sadly, this quest for non-power has adversely affected the personal lives of some candidates. Republican Travis Hartwig of Oak Creek was fired from his job at U.S. Bank after he was warned his candidacy caused a conflict of interest between his employer and the state, with whom U.S. Bank does business.

Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.