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A Closer Look at 'Career Politicians'

Letter to the editor

The campaign literature distributed by Carol Sente and her campaign accuses Representative Sidney Mathias, in what appears to be disparaging fashion, of being a career politician. Yet at the same time Ms. Sente’s resumé includes four years as a member of the Vernon Hills Park district, an elective position, and another three years as a State Representative. It is significant to note that Ms. Sente’s start in Springfield came as the result of an appointment by a group of Democratic committeemen to an unexpired term.

The dictionary defines “career” as “a person’s progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking.” The definition does not include any duration. Ignoring for a moment that by definition one can infer that Ms. Sente is also a career politician, somehow by Ms. Sente’s definition Representative Mathias’ 30 years of public service is something other than laudable.

In a wonderful twist of irony the very first line on the Sente website is, “Carol Sente believes that the highest calling is service to others.” Perhaps Ms. Sente should take a cue from former President Clinton who, during his speech at the 2012 Democratic National convention, stated “it takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.”

Joel Finfer

Buffalo Grove

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