A Hereditary Aristocrat in Office
I work in a part of Queens, NY represented by Mark Weprin. It looks like he's in government by inheritance:
Mark S. Weprin was elected to the New York City Council on November 3, 2009. Prior to his election to the Council, Mark Weprin represented the 24th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly for fifteen years. He was elected to the Assembly in a special election in 1994 to fill the seat left vacant by the death of his father, Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin.He inherited his City Council seat from his brother:
Weprin won a special election to represent New York State Assembly's district 24 on February 9, 2010. David and Mark Weprin essentially exchanged jobs; the Assembly seat David Weprin now holds was vacated by Mark Weprin when he was elected to his brother's former seat on the New York City Council.Didn't we have a revolution to escape dynastic politics?
But wait, there's more:
As a proud father of New York City public school students, Mark Weprin deals with real issues in our public schools every day. He knows what our children need to succeed in school. Mark Weprin is an outspoken critic of the extreme emphasis on standardized test preparation in City schools. He believes that every City school should provide a supportive environment, a wide range of engaging experiences, and access to the rich cultural offerings of New York City. Mark Weprin has said that schools and teachers should not be evaluated solely on the basis of standardized test scores.In other words, Baron Weprin is opposed to one of the most reliable ways for the commoners to get ahead.
I may be making too much of this. At least he isn't a Harvard graduate.