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Politics: A powerful drug



What is it about politics that makes it such a powerful drug? People who enter the political arena can’t seem to get enough of it, and only seek to rise higher and higher in the ranks. Consider Lena Taylor, a Wisconsin state senator. Apparently not content with her current political job, Taylor launched a bid to become Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor. She has dropped out of that race, but already has found her latest political passion in a bid to become the next Mayor of Milwaukee. She is in a crowded field to replace former Mayor Tom Barrett, who himself previously ran for Governor and has now been appointed Ambassador to Luxembourg, another political position. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin initially ran for office highlighting the fact that he wasn’t a politician and said he would only serve two terms. Now that he has a taste for it, he seems to be eyeing a third. For years our choices on the ballot seemed to be between a Bush and a Clinton, as if there aren’t other qualified people. Current Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette has served in that role since 1983, and at the age of 81 seems intent on running again. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has served in that role since 1980, but is running again. It isn’t clear what keeps politicians clinging to their jobs, or more powerful ones, but it must be a powerful drug.

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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