Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Age limit hits Louisiana elected officials. How old is too old to serve?
By Max Brantley
on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM
encourages retirement of Arkansas judges
by causing them to lose retirement benefits if they seek election after they turn 70.
Some states have gone farther. In Louisiana, a new law prohibits anyone
70 or older from running for constable or justice of the peace. About 160 officials are about to be banned from seeking re-election this year as a result though — shades of Jason Rapert, who seems to believe you can ignore law you don't like — some are talking about attempting to run anyway.
The bigger question: Is 70 too old to be a competent public servant?
The clear answer: Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
took office for his first term as president just a few days before he turned 70. But he was 69 when he ran. So there's that by way of evidence. One way or the other.
I mentioned this morning that