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You’ve probably heard by now that Republican former state legislator Jane Orie was recently sentenced to a

Former Sen. Jane Orie, R-Allegheny County

The Patriot-News, 2011

prison term of between 2 ½ and 10 years on corruption charges.  The sentence stems from allegations she used her staff to run fundraisers and conduct campaign work.

Here’s what I don’t get.  Why are we okay with our politicians campaigning essentially from their first day in office but we have so much trouble with their staff doing the same?  From day one, our politicians vote virtually always along party lines in order to ensure that they get re-elected.  Typically, during the second half of their term, if not sooner, they are actively campaigning for re-election or for another political office.  Why are we so okay with this?  Explain to me how this is any different than if my assistant Lynn came into my office next Monday and advised me that she was going to spend the next two years openly looking for another job, but expecting me to continue to pay her.

Bottom line is that while I am not okay with my tax dollars paying the office secretary to make copies for her employer’s political campaign, I am far more offended by the politicians themselves spending their entire time campaigning for a job at our expense.

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