We know this situation all too well, but the AP has a story about Chicago nepotism today.
Chicago politics seems to practice the royal form of succession.
“It’s our political culture,” said University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor Dick Simpson. […]
Politics as the family business doesn’t just happen in Chicago. On the national scene there are the Kennedys and the Bushes. Tennessee has the Fords, Indiana the Bayhs, and Minnesota the Humphreys.
Simpson said the practice of appointing relatives to political posts can deny the voters their right to choose the best candidate.
Names are like brands, so voters see, for instance, “Lipinski” on the ballot and they go with the brand they’ve trusted for years. I really don’t see much of a way to stop this until the people catch on. Suggestions?