Item #12 on Wednesday night's Rye City Council agenda is a proposal by Councilman Joseph Sack to approve term limits for members of the City Council, as well as for the Boards and Commissions. The proposal would include terms be limited to 2 terms or 8 years, whichever is greater.
In a guest column for MyRye.com, Joe says his proposal has been Sack'ed – that challengers like term limits until they are incumbents and that incumbents never liked them in the first place.
“Dead On Arrival” – By Rye Councilman Joe Sack
It’s been said that the term limits proposal is very political.
I don’t think the issue itself is political.
But the way people react to it is very political.
Before the election, supporters of the candidates who ended up losing didn’t like term limits, because they perceived that it drew attention to the long tenure at the top of their ticket, and cast it as a potential weakness.
After the election, they still don’t like term limits, and it’s only human nature for them to not want to be reminded of anti-incumbency as one of the reasons for why they lost.
Before the election, supporters of the candidates who ended up winning liked term limits, because it was consistent with their theme of change and all those flyers that said “12 years is enough.”
After the election, they don’t like term limits so much anymore, and it’s only human nature for them to want to stress all the other reasons other than anti-incumbency for why they won.
Either way, the term limits proposal is DOA, dead on arrival. And I think that’s too bad. But I also think that’s reality.