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  •  Steve Kagan is the exception that proves the rule (2+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, this whole anti "career politician" thing has never made any sense to me. In any other field, prior experience in the field is considered a good thing.

    •  Being an assemblymember (0+ / 0-)

      is zero prior experience for being a Congressmember.

      And virtually every profession values fresh perspective over an "organization man".

      Stereotypes don't make a good member of Congress.  Whether a person has never been elected, or been elected many times, there are far more important things to consider in terms of how effective a person can be as a Congressmember.

      The House is an entry level Federal job.  Being a state or local office holder, a federal bureaucrat or lobbyist, or a private life person all are valid entry paths, none of which make a person more likely or not to take on the thoroughly unique job of Congressmember.

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

      by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 05:46:08 PM PDT

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      •  Congress is not an entry level job (3+ / 0-)
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        jncca, sacman701, MichaelNY

        In any way, shape, or form. It comes with a six digit salary and several paid underlings.

        If you INSIST on dividing federal and state legislative affairs, the entry level job is congressional aide, not congressman. However, the idea that experience in state and local government does not provide good experience for members of congress is ludicrous. Even though they don't deal with ALL of the same issues, there's a lot of overlap, particularly involving budgets and the economy. Furthermore, experience in state and local government gives you experience with how political institutions work that would be valuable even if you were dealing with ANY of the same issues.

        What you're basically saying is that some random joe schome off the streets of Richmond is just as qualified to be Virginia's Senator as Tim Kaine.

        •  ??? (0+ / 0-)

          The House of Represenatives is not part of the Senate.

          And physicians don't become congressional aides, that's silly.

          http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

          by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 07:35:15 PM PDT

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          •  By your logic, though (0+ / 0-)

            Kaine has no federal legislative experience, and none of his work in state government is relevant to work in the federal legislature.

            Also, from a job experience stand point, it makes at least as much since for a physician to become a congressional aide to someone one on the Senate HELP committee as it does for them to run for congress. It's still a career change. It's just that they tend not to do that because congressional aide positions don't pay as well.

    •  I sympathize, but truly, if you aren't (1+ / 0-)
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      interested in the issues at the state or local level, then you shouldn't run for state or local office.  You should try for federal.

      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 08:15:58 PM PDT

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