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Justice should select: D.C.or basketball?

In a current press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice stated he’s open to the concept of constant to teach basketball if he wins the U.S. Senate seat. In any case, he stated, he’s executed all of it by means of his governorship and he’s often gone backwards and forwards from his Lewisburg residence to Charleston for the previous eight years: “I do have the flexibility to go and are available and go in a short time.”

It is perhaps untimely to debate this now, contemplating we’re nonetheless six months out from the first and 11 months from the final election. Nonetheless, this speaks to his method to being a federal lawmaker and that’s one thing of which we should always all take notice.

We don’t need to denigrate a politician who maintains shut ties to his or her neighborhood. It’s refreshing, in some ways — too many elected officers hit greater workplace and turn into solely concerned within the workings of the Capitol, whether or not that be in Charleston or Washington, D.C.

That stated, if Justice have been to turn into senator, it wouldn’t be sensible for him to proceed teaching basketball in Lewisburg — and doing so could be a disservice to the state, the nation and the group.

It’s one factor to make the two- to two-and-a-half-hour drive from Charleston to Lewisburg — it’s one other to make the five-hour drive from D.C. to Lewisburg regularly. What was earlier a five-hour roundtrip would turn into a 10-hour roundtrip, necessitating in a single day stays, lots of them on weekdays when Congress could be in session.

And there’s the catch: Justice may restrict his teaching to simply video games, solely coming again as soon as every week, however that’s not honest to his group. They deserve the reliability and consistency of a fulltime coach who could be there for each sport and each apply. On the flip-side, if he dedicates extra time to his group, that’s much less time he’s spending in Washington, which suggests much less time doing the job we despatched him there to do (and that we’re paying him for). It’s not honest to West Virginia if Justice isn’t in D.C. to work on coverage that might profit the state. And contemplating the Senate requires excessive voting thresholds to go something, it’s not honest to the nation if he isn’t there to forged a vote on laws or presidential nominations to key positions. (Sure, one senator could make that a lot of a distinction. Bear in mind, proper now a single senator is holding up all army promotions.)

After all, Justice may fly in by airplane or helicopter, which might make for a shorter journey, however flying isn’t low-cost and that might not be a accountable use of taxpayer {dollars}. And it wouldn’t simply be West Virginia taxpayer cash at that time — it could be funds drawn from the entire nation’s taxpayer {dollars}.

Holding a federal workplace will not be the identical as holding a state workplace. Justice can’t commute from his residence in Lewisburg to D.C. the best way he’s been commuting to Charleston. He can’t hold day by day or weekly obligations in West Virginia when he’s wanted in Washington.

Justice’s love for his neighborhood speaks effectively of his character. But when he desires to signify West Virginia on the nationwide stage, he’s going to should prioritize. And that may imply giving up one thing he personally enjoys with a view to higher serve the state.