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Run for Congress?

Has anyone ever gave a serious thought about running for fed cocolawyer12/01/17
Thought about state rep this morning while driving to work. jd4hire12/01/17
I contemplated running for city council this past November b flyer1412/01/17
I'm running for local office within 5-10 years. isthisit12/01/17
I considered elected office seriously enough to start attend passportfan312/01/17
I did some city level stuff for awhile. Lots of politics. Go esquire13812/02/17
cocolawyer (Dec 1, 2017 - 3:02 pm)

Has anyone ever gave a serious thought about running for federal, state, or local office? I mean a serious thought, not just a keyboard warrior "I should be xxx."

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jd4hire (Dec 1, 2017 - 3:21 pm)

Thought about state rep this morning while driving to work. This is a recurring thought. I just honestly don't know the benefit, other than contributing to society blah blah blah.

Most of the state reps in my state are attorney hacks who run solos and will do anything they can get their hands on - criminal, PI, divorce, etc.

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flyer14 (Dec 1, 2017 - 3:51 pm)

I contemplated running for city council this past November but decided against it due to a scheduling conflict with another recurring meeting.

I would have won by default - we had three open council seats and only two declared candidates.

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isthisit (Dec 1, 2017 - 4:15 pm)

I'm running for local office within 5-10 years.

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passportfan3 (Dec 1, 2017 - 4:37 pm)

I considered elected office seriously enough to start attending party meetings and learning the nuts and bolts.

I decided not to run for the following reasons:

1. Term limits mean I cannot have the job I really want -- which is to be a state senator from a relatively safe seat who accrues seniority, knowledge and influence. In my state, every state rep and senator spends way too much time plotting their next elected office rather than learning how to effectively do their current job.

2. Being a congressman is unaffordable for normal people unless you live within commuting distance of DC. The salary of $174K must pay for a home in your district and a home in DC. You are not allowed to use political money to pay for the DC home. So you better have major savings, family money, or spouse money.

3. Politics consumes an incredible amount of time. Years before you announce your run, you will need to be spending two or three evenings a week in drafty Elks lodges schmoozing with the vets, the insurance salesmen, the Sons of Portugal, you name it. If there's a crowd, a cash bar and name tags, you have to put in major facetime. I decided that time was better spent making money or sleeping.

4. Once you are elected, your personal finances become subject to a Byzantine system of rules. Oh, and your future opponents are combing through all of your disclosures to find the smallest error so they can accuse you of "campaign finance violations" and paying for that yellow hi-lighter with "dirty money."

5. Unless you are obsessed with holding public sector power AND have millions in the bank, who needs the grief?

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esquire138 (Dec 2, 2017 - 5:42 pm)

I did some city level stuff for awhile. Lots of politics. Go figure .

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