Craig Schelske ran for office four years ago, though his website it still alive (that’s not really a surprise–my old AOL web address still works, though I left AOL almost three years ago).
As far as I am concerned, this in no way affects the point of my post, which is pretty much this: If you want to be in public life, you need to behave, or, at least, be conscientiously hypocritical. What kind of self-entitled arrogance leads one to misbehave, for heaven’s sake, on Craig’s List?
Oh, I guess it was the same type of self-entitled arrogance that led Congressman Cunningham to write out his bribe menu on a napkin, that led Congressman Ney–oh, never mind.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled flame wars.
Some years ago, the local school district went through a bad time. The Superintendent was sort of like, well, treating it as his own personal domain. What finally drove him from his job was the revelation that one of the school board members had purchased a refrigerator for him with school funds.
In the next school board election, the reform ticket carried the day (one of the winners in the election was the ex-principal of my children’s high school, who got fired for standing up to the Superintendent–sort of a delicious irony, that).
At the time, someone I knew suggested I run for the school board.
I declined. I’m too lazy to run for public office.
But, had I been interested, I still would have been deterred by the thought that, when someone runs for office, anything he or she has ever done may become ammunition.
Some of my fondest memories (waving a picket sign in Richard Nixon’s face, attending the Big One, conducting workshops at ISPI Conferences, watching my kids grow and mature), and some of my least fond memories, like the time I . . ., and the time I . . ., not to mention the time I . . . , would have been subject to discovery and use.
So how stupid is this? (from RawStory)
Or have some politicians concluded they are beyond the law and beyond public opinion?
Oh, yeah. I forgot.
They are just following the lead of George W. III.