Not the most honest ones either. Unelected Claude Allen-
"Allen resigned February 9, 2006, stating he wanted to spend more time with his family. On March 10, 2006, news broke that Allen had been repeatedly stealing from retail stores Target and Hecht's by engaging in a personal refund scheme. Allen was cited by police for shoplifting on January 2, 2006, which triggered an investigation that resulted in Allen's arrest on felony counts of theft on March 9, 2006. On August 4, 2006, as part of a plea bargain, Allen pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of theft.
Allen, a longtime evangelical Christian, is married, with four children. He was earning $161,000 per year in his federal job at the time of his shoplifting and subsequent resignation."
The eighth one in, finally an elected black. And this is what we get-
"The New York Times reported that Carroll's tenure as lieutenant governor was "marred by scandal and poor judgment" and she was "increasingly viewed as an embarrassment to the man who chose her for the job." She resigned her post as lieutenant governor on March 12, 2013, following allegations that she was involved in an effort to steer money towards Internet cafes that are fronts for gambling, the subject of federal and state criminal investigations."
So obviously bad character doesn't disqualify them from office. Maybe indeed it's seen as a plus given the above.
His tenth one in ran and lost, and was never elected to anything. He got just 10% of the vote when he did run, to the winners 80%.
His 12th example is the first one on the list to be elected to congress. He served from 1991-1997. The article says this-
"Franks was the first black Republican to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives since Oscar Stanton De Priest won his last term on the South Side of Chicago in 1932."
So one elected lieutenant governor and one elected congressman who left office in 1997. None of the others were ever elected, as you point out.
Edited by Hands Sandon - 3/28/13 at 7:31am