Commissioners eye removing DA term limits - Journal Advocate
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#1 Mar 4, 2010
Doing away with term limits for ANY position accomplishes little more than politicizing the position. To say that it is difficult to find anyone whom has been practicing for five years and want to take the responsibility is preposterous, there are many folks practicing who can fulfill the responsibilities of the position. This is true even more today than it has been for quite some time, the position of DA is salaried and the pay is upwards of $100K, more than quite a few private practitioners are making considering the economy.
To consider eliminating the term limits is not the correct move! Look around the country and there is a problem with people in office without term limits, they become far too comfortable and feel they "own" the office or position and that nasty concept of corruption sneaks in and takes them over. When this occurs they no longer concern themselves with their constituency and are constantly looking out for themselves.
I don't know if such would be the case with a DA, but the opportunity is there with any position. The one thing about the position of DA is it is more of a figure head position.
How many times have you seen "the DA" try a case after he or she has taken office? I submit to you, you do not see this happen unless it is a "high profile case" and they do it to posture to the public...they are tough on crime. The reality of it is they do so strictly to campaign for a bigger position, one of Attorney General or a judge, after at as much as we do not perceive it as a political position it is, no different than that of sitting as Supreme Court Justice.
I have to ask myself, why now? Is it because the sitting DA does not feel he can go into private practice and cut it like many others have had to? Jus wondering
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