Both March 22 editorials – “To succeed, always act in public’s interest,” and the snippet on the sheriff’s race in Executive Editor Larry Lough’s “Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Bruce?” – are correctly premised.
I would simply add to the prerequisite common-sense observance of the integrity of the office, and the responsible management and fulfillment of the mission, that elected officials – incumbents, in particular – cannot forget that they owe their jobs to the voters.
Campaigns do matter. Challengers and incumbent elected officials have to ask for the vote, nicely. And, when both candidates are equally well-qualified, door-to-door bell-ringing and who gets there first is important.
The candidate must have fire in the belly. The outcome may depend on just how many hands he shook, how many people he actually asked for their vote.
Anything less, he is perceived not to want the job badly enough or that he feels he doesn’t need to campaign for the job.
Romney went down for that reason in 2012, and Brady the first time around. He left a bad taste in our collective mouths for the second.
It is not enough to have the support and endorsement of their county boards, their chairmen, or their party high mucky-muck’s blessings or that of big money. In this last primary election, the voters of both Lee and Ogle counties were focused and spoke unequivocally: the voters were in charge.