Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38585 posts, RR: 80 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 745 times:
A few insiders I've volunteered with at the San Francisco Democratic Party asked if I would ever consider running for office in the future.
I couldn't do it because I have high ethical standards and I don't like the fund-raising aspect of it all.
My ideology is in line with most here in San Francisco but the rest of the state and the country is still too backwards for progressive minds to enter politics.
Not to mention, I am a womanizing drinker that wants to legalize marijuana, prostitution and scrap all airline noise abatement law!
To hell with stage III noise abatement laws!
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 729 times:
Politician? Me? Naaah. I've got too big a tendency to speak my (evil) mind and insult journalists if they annoy me. Besides, I'm not nearly corrupt enough, and the kissing of asses has never been my strength, so there is no way I'd ever be put up for any election unless I formed my own party....
Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 713 times:
At one time I was interested (and had it suggested to me, back when I was still active with the Liberal Party here in Canada), but nowadays, forget it.
In spite of the "perks" we occasionally hear about, it's not a particularly desirable job. The hours are long, the amount of crud you must take from your co-workers and the public alike is unbearable, and you must be willing to not just sacrifice your own privacy, but that of your friends and family as well.
Also, under Canada's system of party discipline, your freedom of speech and thought is extremely limited. Elected representatives who vote against their party can be expelled from caucus; and the parties often give the party leader the right to overturn a candidate's nomination.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3069 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 696 times:
If so, only small scale. I wouldn't want to be anything more than a school board member or township trustee. If I lived in a small municipality, I'd consider city council. That's it though. And as I am a very lazy person, I highly doubt I could motivate my self to do this.
Funny story though, this is how the governor of my state came to be: He moved to a small city in Iowa to practice law with his father-in-law. He somehow ended up running for city council and winning. Then some nut went in and gunned down the mayor at a city council meeting over some stupid problem with the city so he served as interim mayor and afterward he was reluctantly elected mayor. He then moved up to to the state legislature and then he ended up running for governor.
Skychuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 680 times:
the press would have a field day uncovering my past. too much scrutiny, not that i'm ashamed of much, but not many people are going to vote for a wanton homo harlot ultra-liberal agnostic. just the way the US is.
Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 671 times:
I admit, I don't. It wasn't intended as a personal comment: it was a comment on how politics in general, a profession of questionable repute, has always struck me as, shall I say, an ineffective way to promote morality.