Column: Legislators, put emphasis on citizens

Republican legislators, the target audience of Gov. Mike Pence’s recent State of the State address, had cause to silently reorder their constituency relationship.

Some no doubt were deciding to become more of a political agent. Others, though, were deciding to become something new, or at least something that hasn’t been tried for a while: a citizen legislator.

In normal times, the two roles co-mingle in the best of them. Even the most conscientious find moments when they have to be just a bit of a mandarin to meet voter expectations. Those who are most comfortable with that duplicity have floated to the top and leadership. Those least comfortable have dropped to the bottom and ignominy.

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