I’m All For Term Limits, But …

By Loudoun Insider

If I have to have a long term incumbent Congressman who is a lock for re-election every year, I’m glad I have Frank Wolf as my Congressman.

He has always been known as a very ethical and moral Congressman and one who cares deeply about the varied segments of his district.  Lately he has been even more out front on difficult issues that many people would rather avoid, his denunciation of Grover Norquist being a prime example.  He’s always been a fierce critic of the horrendous Dulles Greenway and a fan of common sense conservation.  Today he was featured prominently in a Washington Post article about reforming the MWAA Board of Directors that is overseeing the Dulles Metro project.  And to top it all off with some nice constituent service, here’s a great story from Activist at NVTH about our Congressman.

While I believe this country would be better served by mandatory term limits, there is no need for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District voters to lose one of DC’s finest if no other district is governed by term limits.  As long as term limits remain a pipe dream, Frank Wolf will remain my Congressman for as long as he wants the job.  And of course some of the local alternatives to Frank Wolf are just too scary to even be considered, as spelled out by Bwana!


  • squiddy says:

    I don’t see the connection between Congressman Wolf and Dick Black – but that aside, I agree, someone like Frank Wolf is a stunning argument against term limits. I’m surprised, yet grateful, to see how often I agree with him, and how diligently he works to represent us. Having been on both sides of the “Congressional Inquiry” process, I can tell you his, and his staff’s commitment to constituent services are without peer.

    I’m more than a little surprised that I have no complaint with a politician, save that he’s not a spring chicken anymore, and won’t be around forever.

    As for me, I concur, the job is his for as long as he wants it – anyone else will only be a step down.

    (but when he does retire, I nominate Tag for the position.)

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    The connection being, Black thought highly enough of himself to move all the way down to Fredericksburg to try to get elected to Congress. If this position opened up I can’t imagine him not throwing himself in the race, he is that important a leader after all. I guess we should have asked him to sign a pledge to serve his whole Senate term.

  • Everyone’s for term limits until it affects them – except me. I put my money where my mouth is.


  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    I am not for term limits. I think they are unAmerican

  • liz says:

    Frank Wolf was all for term limits…until he was in office.

  • Fred says:

    Let’s not forget the esteemed Congressman’s valiant position on protecting the sanctity of life for the born and unborn. Great interview of him on National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/282777/congressman-forgotten-interview

  • Nicholas g. says:

    Sorry, LI, not with you here on term limits.
    (but I am very much with you on Mr Wolf)

    I totally agree with Eric T 1/2 T here.
    Term limits is anti-democratic and takes rights away from voters, not empowers them…

  • edmundburkenator says:

    I get the argument that you should be able to vote for the same guy over and over and over.

    But even Frank Wolf can fall prey to the law of diminishing returns. Also, no one considers the opportunity costs of having long standing members. We could be keeping talent out that may surpass what is in place.

    I know many will say we will/could get worse, but that is where your rights as a voter become enhanced rather than restricted. Over time, you have more to choose and more degrees from the spectrum from which to choose. If you want the same guy back in, you have to wait four/two years.

    I wouldn’t rule the person out for good, just that they cannot serve three (or whatever) successive terms. How many terms they can run is unlimited — just terms in succession would be limited.

  • Gaius Baltar says:

    If there were not term limits on the Presidency, we would probably be facing an unprecedented 6th term for Bill Clinton come 2012.

    If term limits are good for the President, then it is good for Congress. And if it is bad for Congress, then it is bad for the President.

    These career politicians are far too powerful and entrenched. Bring on term limits and it will limit their absolute power

  • Observer says:

    Question for LI, wasn’t Wolf one of the politicians who helped create the Greenway and the Toll Road in the first place because they were unwilling to spend (which would have conceivably shared the cost state-wide)?

    I’m glad Wolf is against it now, but if memory serves he created the damn thing. Reminds me of Romney.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I don’t think Wolf helped create the Greedway.

  • Honestly, Wolf is fine, but i don’t agree that no one could do better. I also have a very hard time with considering anyone Congressman for Life.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    As I said, I am all for term limits, but if were are not to have them, I think Frank Wolf is a much better alternative to anyone else who has tried to run for this position since he has been in Congress. If I had a vote I would vote for retroactive term limits immediately, but that isn’t going to happen, so I am happy with Wolf instead.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “If there were not term limits on the Presidency, we would probably be facing an unprecedented 6th term for Bill Clinton come 2012.”

    Your point being… If the American people were willing to elect a President Clinton 6 times over why should they not be allowed to? There is absolutely no good reason to support term limits in America. Why should voters NOT be able to vote for who ever they like. Put it this way. If voters hated every other candidate and wished to write-in Bill Clinton’s name to the point that her won, why should they be denied their selected representative? It is a completely unAmerican concept and should be reversed for all offices to where it applies.

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