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Constant campaigning not necessary

Scott Robert Shaw

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Many people are turned off by politics. It’s hard to blame them. Some think politicians are all crooked liars. Others think it doesn’t matter who they vote for, that nothing will change. Another thing that turns off many is the constant campaigning. It seems as soon as one election ends, the campaign begins immediately for the next election. President Biden was asked just days into his term if he plans to run again in 2024? Really? He has barely started this term. Other possible presidential candidates like Mike Pompeo are already spending time in Iowa and other early voting states to get a let up on the next presidential election. And now we hear that in a local race, one candidate is already hitting the ground running. Derrick Van Orden announced yesterday that he will again challenge Ron Kind for the right to represent Western Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress. It has been barely five months since the last two faced off, and it was a close race, Kind’s closest yet in his 25 years in Congress. It makes sense Van Orden would run again. He gave Kind all he could handle. But is it necessary to start campaigning 19 months before the next election? Can’t we take a little longer break than that? No wonder people are so turned off by politics.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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