Talk:Paula Hawkins

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Election data[edit]

Does anyone know where we can find the election data for the 1978 Florida Gubernatorial Race referenced in this article? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cedlaod (talkcontribs) 03:25, 20 December 2006 (UTC).

"Family connection"[edit]

What exactly is a "family connection"? I understand Neuberger and Caraway were widows of their predecessor, but what exactly is Kassebaum's "family connection" supposed to be - that her father was governor of Kansas 40 years earlier? Does that mean that Nancy Pelosi has a "family connection" because her father was a congressman from Maryland and mayor of Baltimore in the 40s and 50s, and that the first woman house speaker without a "family connection" has yet to be elected? When someone is appointed by their husband, or to succeed their husband, or runs for their husband's office after their husband dies, that is one thing. Kassebaum's case seems distinctly different, especially since her father was never even a member of Congress. john k (talk) 19:33, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

To have an immediate family member holding high political office or formerly holding an office is a great advantage to anyone campaigning for high office. Insiders know who to call to get something done, who the big donors are, and how to put a campaign together. Mgrē@sŏn 07:46, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
Of course this is true. But Kassebaum's advantage is one which numerous male politicians have also had (starting at least with our sixth president). The widow/wife situation is quite different - it's a unique situation that emerged in the early days of women's suffrage, and that accounted for most women officeholders for a long time. I don't think it makes sense to conflate them, and I don't really think it makes sense to lump Kassebaum with people like Elaine Edwards and Muriel Humphrey because her father was once elected governor forty-four years earlier. john k (talk) 15:02, 27 June 2012 (UTC)