For some reason, last night Mrs. TEH and I were discussing Rod Blagojevich (boy, you really have run out of things to talk about when you get to that point) and the subject of his not living in the governor’s mansion in Springfield came up. I’ve gone on record here as not really caring that much where the governor (any Illinois governor) lives and I don’t think she cares that much either. Most people in the state, outside of Springfield, don’t seem to much care either. But here in The Patch, most are deeply offended that the governor won’t acknowledge the wonderfulness that is Springfield and stay in the mansion.
Given all that, I posed this question to her: What if, say, Illinois Senator Larry Bomke, who already lives in the Springfield area, were to become governor? Would we demand he live in the governor’s mansion? Would Bomke want to live there or would he prefer to commute to his current home? Hmmm. After all, he comes from the district most resentful of Governor’s not using the mansion (well, governor’s named Blagojevich; Thompson for some reason got a pass).
I say he would keep his current residence and turn it into a positive by saying he will save the state money by not running up the utilities in mansion, etc. Mrs TEH however thinks he would move into the mansion as it is the proper place for the governor and Bomke would honor that given the uproar Blagojevich has caused by not living there.
I suppose the answer would depend a lot on Bomke’s own feelings and neither of us really knows the man beyond his occasional appearances in the local media. Still, as a political matter, who’s right? Would it be smarter for a (very, very) hypothetical Governor Bamke to live at home or move into the Governor’s Mansion?