I've always hated it when elected officials take time off of their salaried positions to campiagn for other candidates. That's not what we hired them for. Take Mayor Fenty for instance. He has crisscrossed the country in support of Senator Obama's presidential ambitions.
Of course, it isn't fair to single out Mayor Fenty when so many other officials do the exact same thing. As long as its on their own dime.
Wait, Mayor Fenty is charging taxpayers $50,000 for these trips?
Oh, fuck you.
And, no, the $50,000 doesn't include time lost when Fenty is out serving Senator Obama instead of the city that elected him. And it doesn't count the hours lost when police officers were accompanying him in New Hampshire instead of putting "all hands on deck."
When Governors Kaine and O'Malley campaign, they have the common sense not to have their constituents foot the bill. Why isn't Fenty giving us the same courtesy.