“Can you imagine the reaction if each member of Congress had a campaign person paid for with taxpayer dollars?”
Apparently he’s considering legislation to ban federal funding of purely political staff.
On the other hand:
“The notion of taking politics out of governing is silly,” said Rich Galen, a GOP strategist, in reference to Waxman. “I understand what he’s getting at, but Rove would have had the influence he had no matter what his title was and what his duties were.”
Thoughts? Is it ok for taxpayers to fund a (necessarily) partisan and purely political staff position? Of course it’s a given that staffers (as well as office holders) may be partisan, but is it ok if the only purpose of the job is to be political and partisan?