Frame from Dilbert comic strip, 4/4/2010.
Example 1: County Executive Jack Johnson's wife Leslie running for and getting elected to the Prince George's County Council upon his exit--so he could keep an eye on things. See "Ex-P.G. exec. Jack Johnson sentenced to more than 7 years: Former official also ordered to pay $100,000
" from the Baltimore Sun
Example 3: not quite the same, Marshall Brown, a chief lieutenant of Marion Barry, getting his son Kwame, elected to DC City Council, with aims--likely now dashed given improprieties of his own--for the ultimate office, Mayor.
Example 4: again, a matter of political bosses selecting their own, but not a matter of one officeholder passing his position down to the next generation, Michael Brown, son of Democratic Party honcho Ron Brown, becoming a DC City Councilmember.
Political primogeniture serves officeholders, not "the people" and should, for the most part, be opposed (cf. Robert Wagner Jr. in New York City).
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