Student hounds prof running for Congress

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A politically conservative student armed with a video camera and a Web site is trying to force a Democratic congressional candidate out of his teaching job at Central Michigan University.

Dennis Lennox, a 23-year-old junior, has posted videos on YouTube of himself questioning assistant professor Gary Peters about campaigning for office while holding a prestigious position at the university.

Some say Lennox is persistent. Others accuse him of pandering for attention.

"What I'm doing isn't about getting media attention," said Lennox, a political science major. "I'm speaking for the hundreds of students, alumni, taxpayers and even legislators who have complained because Gary Peters won't pick between Congress and campus."

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Why should Peters quit his job before he's elected?
Thats just stupid to think someone should give up a job before they can run for an office that they may not get elected to.

Where in the story did it say the professor was not producing?

He acknowledges it would be difficult to keep his $65,000-a-year job at the university if he gets elected to Congress, but says he will worry about that if he wins.
Would and If being the key words here.
Nothing I read in the article says he's not producing.

So I still wonder why the guy should quit his job before he gets elected.

How the hell do you get paid 65k a year to teach one day a week?

"He drives 130 miles from a Detroit suburb to Mount Pleasant to teach class once a week."

--These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will; in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. -Thomas Paine

The complaint is probably more directed to why a university continues to pay an employee who is not producing, due to social commitments. When you look at it that way, it becomes a perfectly valid complaint.

Does anyone remember John Kerry's huge absences from the Senate in 2004? We're talking over 80% missed roll calls. The Senate refused to even withhold his pro-rated pay, as well provided for in their own rules. So, this is a systemic problem. People running for offices should not "double dip" in that fashion. Employees should work, not pursue personal agendas on company time.

He acknowledges it would be difficult to keep his $65,000-a-year job at the university if he gets elected to Congress, but says he will worry about that if he wins.

That shows that there will be a production problem, in my opinion. Of course, that has little bearing on the current issue of the time taken to campaign. We just don't know at this time what that impact is, and the so-called journalist DAVID EGGERT ("Associated Press Writer") who prepared the piece was too incompetent to investigate that (obvious) angle.

The next quote is a better one:

"Basically, [Dennis Lennox is] just an extreme partisan. Anybody that's a Democrat, he's going to try to get at," said fellow political science major Eric Schulz.

I'm sure some excess is involved here, but there's always that old saying about heat and the kitchen. As a public person, Prof. Peters has to withstand public scrutiny, even if it IS via a Conservative attack dog with a vidcam.

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