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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Another hat in the ring?

The 2nd Congressional District election may find a third name on the ballot in November along with the Democratic and Republican winners of the March 4 primary.

David Krikorian, a Madeira businessman, says he is trying to collect the 2,560 signatures he would need to get on the ballot as an independent. Krikorian has never run for office before. His interests include smaller government, lower taxes and term limits for members of congress.

If he makes it onto the ballot, he will become the seventh person (including now-withdrawn GOP challenger Phil Heimlich) to take aim at unseating Republican incumbent Jean Schmidt this year.


at 7:28 PM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another fella who thinks "term limits for Congressmen" is a good idea. I would like to ask this candidate to reconsider his support for this. It suggests that he believes that "Congressmen" are easily replaceable parts, that elected officials should be replaced on a timetable, ( such as one would replace a car's oil filter); that elections are not really free and fair contests in which the better candidate will prevail.....and also that "tenure" and "experience" are of absolutely no consequence. Think of who your elected Representative is battling: the unseen un-elected officials, eg, "bureaucrats"....many of whom have extremely long tenures indeed. (Thanks to Civil Service.) These bureaucrats are of both the civilian and military variety. The candidate should think about this one more carefully. He might look up these names: Richard Bolling, Dante Fascell, Jack Murtha, Henry Waxman.....
Without someone like Dante Fascell (who was in Congress for over 25 years) there would never have been a "Freedom of Information Act."

at 3:06 AM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Christopher from the Sopranos is running for County Congress!!!!!!!!! This is TEH BESTEST DAY EVEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

at 3:29 AM, February 20, 2008 Blogger Mark Miller said...

"Term limits are a bad idea whose time has come."

Philosophically, I agree. Government shouldn't interfere with whom we decide to elect to represent us. But that's not reality. Not having term limits reduces our choices at the polls much more than having them does.

Just look at our local races where half of all county officials routinely run unopposed. Party bosses say they can't find people to run, so they collude with each other to limit our choices even further. Would Brinkman be challenging Schmidt if he wasn't term limited out of his current state office?

Unfortunately if it weren't for term limits, we might have been stuck with Clinton for life. Or we might be stuck with Bush for life, much like Cuba got stuck with Castro for most of his life. There needs to be something to counteract the inertia of incumbency, and McCain-Feingold just doesn't cut it.

We need to return to the ideal of the citizen-legislator. Permanent politicians begin to behave like royalty (or tyrants) when they've been in too long. They must be forced to keep their day jobs to remember what it's like being on the receiving end of government policy.

Until a better idea comes along, term limits at every level are the only answer.

at 2:19 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 3:29am February 20, 2008. I guess you are up so late due a lot of strong coffee or perhaps you are blogging from another timezone (9:29am in Berlin, etc).

I find it hard to believe that you are serious about the "Citizen-legislator" idea........if you are really serious, then what you are advocating is the "amateur ideal" in politics. You would put up perpetually inexperienced "citizen-legislators" against hardened, ruthless, cynical lawyer-lobbyists and their mendacious cohorts in the bureaucracy. Do you think the 'people's interests' would be adequately represented in this case?

Answer: NO

You would have short-term, short-sighted (but well-financed interests) winning out every time.

To advocate 'term limits' for any elected position means you just don't think 'elections' mean anything at all. You clearly do not trust the democratic process.

I'd like to know what profession you are in, and tell me that you believe an "amateur" would make a better tinker, tailor, soldier, spy (or whatever it is you do)that you could do.

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