Quoted in this article in LA Weekly.
Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, views the legacy
of term limits in California as a game of "musical chairs" played by
politicians whose desire is to hold long-running and powerful jobs.
Alarcon's ability to repeatedly jump around, while fresh-faced
candidates who run against him are repeatedly rejected by voters,
"sounds schizophrenic," Levinson says. "But it also makes sense. In the
abstract, voters want new blood and think one way to do it is to legally
mandate that politicians can only stay so long.
"But by the same token, incumbents wield so much power in name
recognition, and they typically out-raise challengers in campaign
fundraising, that, as anti-incumbent as we [Californians] are, we often
vote for the person we know."
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