Matt Towery

Things have just gotten out of control, folks. Now, in many states, an election for a legislative position that pays under $20,000 can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to win. That's appalling and absurd.

I've spent my entire adult life either around elected officials or, for several years, as one myself. I've watched as what was meant to be temporary public service turned into unending self-service. I can't tell you how many elected officials now expect the finest meals, tickets to prestigious events and so on. Some completely neglect their families, both financially and emotionally.

Something must be done to make public service a reality and not just a campaign slogan. Either let's pay these people what it takes to attract the kind of talent really good leadership demands; or let's put more limitations on their power. Otherwise, the Illinois governor may be the vanguard of a long train of public service felons to come in the years ahead.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery