Why do we allow this?

There are things I agree with Senator Rand Paul about.

This is not one of them.

Opening a door to hedge his political bets, Sen. Rand Paul has asked the leader of the Kentucky Senate for legislation to ensure that Mr. Paul can run both for the White House and for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016, The Washington Times has learned.

I don’t believe *any* elected official should be able to run for more than one office simultaneously.  Politics as a ‘career’ is part of our problem.  Let’s look at the unspoken subtext of these multi-ballot runs: “I think I should be ______, but if a majority don’t agree, I’m happy to continue ‘serving’ as your representative.”  Gee.  Thanks.  How selfless.

Taxpayers go to great expense to put on elections.  They should not then have to have “special” elections immediately afterwards because

  1. the representative they just elected was also given a “better offer” by a different/larger pool of voters, or
  2. they get a “better offer” of a cabinet job or other such appointed position.

If you’re going to run for office, I think a *minimum* expectation should be that you will actually serve if elected, and that you will serve out the termNobody is so indispensable that their unavailability to be appointed the Deputy Undersecretary of Redundant Repetitiveness will throw the Republic (and I use that term very loosely) into crisis.  If we want our elected officials to stop being ‘politicians’ and start being principled statesmen, this minimum level of commitment would be a good start.  Yes, ‘good’ people will sometimes be sidelined as a result.  The ones worth getting back into office later will reacquaint themselves with the wishes of the people and life outside the political cocoon during such periods.  Regardless, our elected offices shouldn’t ever be considered a “sure career path.”

Sorry, Rand, but I have to disagree with you on this one.  Here’s hoping Kentucky does, too… and that the other 49 states shortly ‘clarify’ their rules in this regard as well.


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