Do you think elected officials should be addressed by his/her title after leaving office? (e.g. Governor Mike Huckabee or Governor Eliot Spitzer) If you know where this practice originates, please comment & enlighten me.
Well dang gurl! How deeply does this issue bother you?
It really bugs me. :)
I don't like the idea that politicians are somehow superior to the rest of us & I think continuing to refer to politicians after they leave office by their office title is a symptom of the problem.
Even if they no longer are in office, they attained the title.
The people gave them the office by electing them. Elected officials are employed by the people. They are not a special class of people.
Same goes for doctors, reverends, military officers and I think anyone who attains a high level/respectable title.
But doctors don't give up their degrees. Most military officials make a point to include retired in their name if the mention their title. Ministers or the like don't usually renounce their faith or position & retain a title.
My point is that these people were given a position by the electorate. Once they no longer hold the office, they should not be ADDRESSED by the title.
I don't really care.
Formally they should, but if I were a Congressman, Senator, Governor, President, I would insist my constituents call me Derek because I work for them. In a formal setting, I would understand them calling me by my title, even after I leave office.
I'm with you until the after leaving office. My point is the office had a time limit & the title ends with it. I have no problem with the position being listed as part of a resume, but to continue to address the person by the office title to me
adds to the divide between the "elected" class & the people. I think this is a symptom of the problem of career politicians.
I always say "Former Governor John Smith". It's a respect thing.
Former, yes. My issue is with those who drop the former part.
Yeah if someone said Governor Riley I'd be really confused. I don't get that either.
"The former governor Smith"
At least it helps us keep track of politicians for life.
I just don't understand addressing them by the title of an office that they no longer hold. I can see saying former whatever to lend credence to what they have to say or have written, but I don't like them being addressed by that title.
It is just a way to give respect. Many will say former Governor, but I have heard it both ways.
Former gov or whatever I get, but I hear interviewers address the person with a title they no longer hold. My point is they are no more deserving of respect than any one else. People don't address Herman Cain as CEO Herman Cain or the like.
I think this is part of the problem. We treat politicians like a special class, like an elite group, this is part of our problem as a nation.