CHAPTER 27

BREAK YOUR PROMISE and RUN for a THIRD TERM

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“If they don’t like it, they can vote for the other guy.”

Let’s face it: despite our reasonable expectations, we have become accustomed to politicians breaking promises. In the US, one promise that is frequently broken is the commitment to serve a specified number of terms. Sometimes, though, elected officials change their minds, break their promise and run again, and justify the breach by citing the important work that remains “unfinished.”

A poignant example of this occurred in 2008 when New York City’s Michael Bloomberg, a successful mayor and one widely viewed as a potential presidential ...

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