KT McFarland, campaigns, and parenting

According to a story at NY1 News, KT McFarland is “suspending” her campaign subsequent to her youngest daughter’s arrest for shoplifting.

Political campaigns take a lot out of the candidate. In a way, I think they take even more out of the candidate’s family. Nothing is private any more; everything is made available for public consumption. A candidate needs to be very convinced of his or her desire for office and of the appropriateness of that desire for office before committing to the campaign. A candidate also needs to make sure that the family is on board with the decision.

How does the candidate decide between the campaign and the family, if ever there is a cause to have to decide between the two? My personal belief is that the family should come first. But then I’m not running for anything. Are there times when a candidate should sacrifice the family?

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