Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 35: Political Service

Elmer L. Andersen, Gubernatorial Candidate

"I was a strong believer, then and now, that political service should be an avocation, not a career. I think elected officials need connections outside of government to give them a more balanced perspective on the issues they confront. An elected official can easily get caught up in a political whirl that is unrealistic or unrepresentative of the lives of average people."

"I have advised many a would-be politician not to rely on politics for a livelihood. Not only is that an uncertain and weak position to be in, but it also is a position that can influence one's judgment, for the worse. You can do unnatural things if you believe that you simply have to win the next election."

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

"A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life" is on display through August 15 in the Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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