Getting rid of the typical politician persona

Published 12:25 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018

Over several decades the persona of our political leaders has not always been of the best caliber. While we have good people representing us, we often label many as the “typical” politician, often before giving them a chance.

In the “old days,” we sent the best person to either the state or national capitol with the expectation of representing us with honesty, integrity and sometimes valor. Of the people, by the people, for the people took a front and center stage.

The latest topic coming out of Frankfort is the resignation of Jeff Hoover as speaker of the House of Representatives. If you remember, he had resigned at the end of last year amid a sexual harassment scandal, but during the most recent legislative session, resinded his resignation.

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Soon, a house committee was formed to investigate the situation. Hoover again resigned. At our Clark County Republican Party meeting this weekend, Rep. Donna Mayfield was asked about the process, as several individuals expressed their concerns about having Hoover remain as Speaker. I am one who also believed he should not be in that position. As Mayfield stated, due process would take its course.

It is a part of her job to listen to us, the people she represents, but it’s not a part of her job to stand before us and put down a fellow colleague when he has the absolute right of due process. I admire Mayfield for standing by that.

Now, obviously not all politicians are hiding things in the closet, it’s just something we have become accustomed to. When something bad happens, the media is quick to jump all over it, leaving us with the impression that it is the norm.

Hoover is no longer the speaker but does plan to continue his position as representative and will run again in the future.

This is where it comes back to the people. They will decide if they want him representing them again. If he is re-elected, the “typical politician” will be saved now by the typical voter. It does go both ways.

Speaking of due process, the events that have and will transpire should rectify the situation. I don’t know of his innocence or guilt. I just have a hard time understanding when someone settles a “secret” agreement involving a sexual harassment suit and expects us to believe in him.

Our capitol is no place for such activities.

Personally, I would love for the persona to change by having all elected officials serve with dignity and grace. When they don’t, they should be removed.

We are lucky to have great leaders from our area and we don’t have to worry about such instances, but not everyone is as blessed.

In reality, it comes down to us as voters. We should always expect the best out of our elected officials. It is not too much to ask.

Obviously, there are many more important things to address in our state legislature and thankfully, we are moving on to them.

T.F. Hodge said it best.

“It is more substantial to represent a purpose, rather than just a title.”

We get this from many of our elected officials but it’s time we expect it from all.


Political enthusiast Will Collins is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and has called Winchester his home for the past 20 years. He can be reached at