How much public scrutiny will I receive when running for office?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Political and public affairs analyst Ron Faucheux gives advice for people who have never run for office before, including how much public scrutiny to expect when running.

    Host: How much public scrutiny will I receive?

    Ron Faucheux: The political candidates receive a lot of public scrutiny. The higher the office, of course, the most scrutiny you are going to get. You will certainly be more scrutinized if you are running for President of United States than if you are running for the City Council, but even if you are running for the City Council, expect a lot of scrutiny. You can expect a lot of public scrutiny from your political opponents of course, because they were going to do opposition research on your career, on your record, on your personal life. Expect a lot of public scrutiny from various interest groups. They are going to look at your positions on issues and they are going to ask you questions and they are going to talk about those issues in the positions you have taken. Of course, expect a lot of public scrutiny from the news media; that's their job to ask questions. That's there job to look at people's positions on issues and to look for inconsistencies and to look for the statements. So, you are going to get a lot of public scrutiny in a political campaign and if you don't like that, if you don't want that you may want to think twice about being a political candidate because you are going to certainly get it.