Qualified to be Governor

I like to think that in 2010, Connecticut Democrats have a great bunch of candidates for Governor. In my opinion, they are all are well-qualified to serve in the office and would run the state well. Their differences lie mainly in how they would do things.

But in light of the qualification questions raised about one of the candidates for Attorney General, I decided to take a look at the Connecticut State Constitution to see what the minimum requirements were for the Governor’s office. Here’s what I found:

  1. You must be a voter – According to Article 4, Sec. 5, “No person who is not an elector of the state, and who has not arrived at the age of thirty years, shall be eligible.”
  2. You must be 30 years old – See above.
  3. You must have a pulse – According to Article 4, Sec. 18, “In case of the death […] the lieutenant-governor shall, upon taking the oath of office of governor, be governor of the state…”
  4. You might have to be a dude* – Article 4, Sections 8-12 of the constitution outline some of the governor’s duties, using gendered pronouns where it could have used “The governor” instead (emphasis added):

    SEC. 8. The governor shall be captain general of the militia of the state, except when called into the service of the United States.

    SEC. 9. He may require information in writing from the officers in the executive department, on any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices.

    SEC. 10. The governor, in case of a disagreement between the two houses of the general assembly, respecting the time of adjournment, may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper, not beyond the day of the next stated session.

    SEC. 11. He shall, from time to time, give to the general assembly, information of the state of the government, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall deem expedient.

    SEC. 12. He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

By those measures, every single one of the candidates (on both sides) is qualified to serve. We’ve had our fill of Republican rule under Rowland and Rell, and for all that’s gotten us I think it’s safe to say that we can do without people like Tom Foley and whoever else is running under the GOP banner.

So that leaves us with our candidates on the Democratic side. Since each one is vastly superior to any of the Republican alternatives, all we have to do is choose the one we think will do the best job:

Those issues are, of course, just the tips of each candidate’s iceberg. And although I’ve got a preferred candidate, I’m comforted to see that every single Democrat for Governor shares at least some of my priorities…and that they’re all technically qualified for office under the state constitution.
*There is no way that being a dude is a requirement for office. I’m fully aware that “he” is used in this case as a default pronoun, and isn’t meant to exclude/disqualify people who do not identify with the male gender. I just want to point out that there’s no need to gender things like political offices. It’s a shitty and unnecessary holdover from a more patriarchal past.

1 Response to “Qualified to be Governor”

  1. Connecticut Man1

    There may already be some obscure amendment somewhere that redefines things like “he” and “the governor” – and pretty much every other level of office that has some kind of law outlining the election, position or duties – as gender neutral in the eyes of the law. If there isn’t, there should be. Might even be a court case that already redefined the law on it?