When the Legislature reconvenes in the coming days in an attempt to put the important finishing touches on the 2009 session, it will be helpful to know the story behind the story – or as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story.”
The rest of the story is that many of the key players on the Senate side will be making key decisions on the budget, on increasing the cigarette tax and on other issues – knowing full well that in 2011 or before they most likely will be seeking another, higher office.
Now don’t get the wrong impression. There is nothing wrong with wanting to move up. Ambition, even in a politician, is a good thing.
A strong argument can be made that if a politician wants to run for another office, that particular politician might be more inclined to try harder, to perhaps do his or her best work.
By the same token, it is useful to know all the details. A politician running for higher office might make a decision designed to garner the support of a particular group.
Daily Journal 4/15/9