It now looks like Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush and Senator Joe Griffo will join the ranks of state lawmakers unopposed this year. A changing election calendar and uncertainties over redrawing district lines surely contributed, but really, who would want to run for office ?
First you need an interest in the topic....maybe even a knowledge of how a bill becomes a law. Then you need to want to travel a lot and represent the people's interests against a sometimes obstinate bureaucracy.
Well, you have to have a lot of money for a campaign and then you had best be either retired, self employed, wealthy, or willing to give up whatever occupation you have now. (What boss is going to put up with you taking time off to campaign ?)
You need to be obsequious to a party and willing to say outlandish things to endless people you see at front doors and parades.
It's all to get a job that pays OK by NNY standards but is still less than most people with that skill set already make.
Then you have to line up to have people anonymously ridicule your weight, marital status, fashion sense and whatever else they can think of.
Sinde most challengers lose, you must almost be a masochist to even think of getting involved in running for state office...Most are not and most don't.
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