September 7, 2011

Why No One Runs for Office

I've had many conversations with people over the years about the lack of good people from all walks of life and all ideologies stepping forward to run for local office.  The conclusion always seems to the same:  who wants the hassle.  After all, no one ever got rich serving in the county legislature or on a town board.  It's rarely a stepping stone to bigger and better things.  For the most part, it is a labor of love.

Which brings me to last night's Legislature Meeting and one of the three-minute crowd, Joanne Dickey. The rules are you can't single out individual lawmakers.  So rather than name names, she used descriptors like Delphi retiree, etc.  This is obvious a violation.

Now, if you step into the public arena, you're going to need thick skin.  That's just the way it goes.  The media, political campaigns, opponents will all get their shots in.  But there comes a time when decorum has to rule and that should be when the Legislature is in official session trying to conduct business.  Legislators should not have to be subjected to insults and other nonsense from gadflies like Dickey who get off on berating lawmakers then heading down to Friendly's with the other losers to gloat about it over milkshakes.

This complete lack of respect is why people don't want to run for office any more and you end up with the Dennis Virtuoso's of the world...who incidentally loves to play to the three minute crowd.

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