SACRAMENTO: California politics, family connections, commentary (Dan Walters): "Family connections loom large in California politics"....
* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters): "Family connections loom large in California politics" - From the Bee:
Ralph Dills served in the California Legislature for 42 years, and during part of that time, his brother Clayton was also a legislator. Such a familial connection in the Capitol was very unusual until about two decades ago, when legislative term limits kicked in.
Term limits, coupled with the evolution of well-oiled political machines in metropolitan areas, had the unintended consequence of fostering political dynasties. Politicians staked out territorial franchises and when forced to vacate offices would often bequeath them to sons, daughters, brothers, spouses or other relatives. And the syndrome has not been confined to the Legislature.
There’s nothing wrong, per se, with relatives of politicians seeking political office, but it’s also evident that in many cases. . . family connections are the beginning and end of qualifications.
Anointed relatives get head starts in campaigns, enjoy tremendous advantages over their potential rivals and don’t really have to prove themselves worthy for office. They may turn out to be effective politicians, or not, but the outcomes are mere happenstance.