Magazine article Politics Magazine

Don't Take the Money and Run

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Don't Take the Money and Run

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Q: What did you think about the member of Congress who, after being defeated in a recent primary, announced he'd leave office early and go to work for a lobbying firm?

A: It is unethical to run for a position in the House and then fail to fulfill your two-year term, even if you were defeated in your primary for reelection, as was the situation for Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.).

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His resignation leaves his district unrepresented in Congress until his position can be filled by special election, which also incurs an additional cost to the public treasury.

When you run for an office and you win, I believe you are obligated to fulfill the term of that office unless there is some compelling personal reason, such as ill health, that does not allow you to do so.

It is even more unethical to leave your post early for a lobbying position.

It seems this entire situation is an abuse of the public trust. …

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