Does someone’s business success translate to elected office?

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

Leading Off

CO-Gov: Somehow, Coloradans will need to make do without having a cosplaying rich guy as their governor. DaVita CEO Kent Thiry, whose company is the world’s second-largest kidney dialysis firm, announced on Monday that he would not seek the GOP nomination for this open seat. Thiry is known for some rather eccentric behavior: He makes his employees sing DaVita’s corporate song “hundreds” of times a year (it’s “terrible,” in the words of CBS MoneyWatch), and he regularly wears a “Three Musketeers” costume around the office. Apparently, he’s not the only one who likes to suit up: In a skit performed at an employee meeting some years ago, according to the New York Times, “a DaVita musketeer killed a federal bureaucrat.” Oh, the race we could have had!

Why am I showing you the above item from the invaluable Daily Kos Elections? (Which you must read, if you’re really interested in electoral politics.)

Two reasons.

One. If anybody still believes someone’s purported $$success in business makes him an ideal candidate for public office…well, hey.

Two. If anybody still believes someone’s purported $$success in business means that he’s intelligent–never mind relatively sane–well, hey.


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