Vote for me, and I'll actually show up for work.
It's always great to see how creative candidates for elective office can be when it comes to their campaign pledges.
They vie to outdo each other with extravagant promises for what they'll do for the taxpayers if they win the election.
But not always.
A recent pledge by a candidate for Champaign County office demonstrates just how debased public service can become when officeholders are less than diligent in the performance of their duties.
That's the only possible explanation for the recent promise made by Kevin Sandefur, one of the candidates for the Democratic Party's nomination for auditor.
Sandefur recently promised that if he's elected he'll show up at the office. To document his performance, Sandefur said he'll punch a time clock "so there won't be any doubt about how often I show up for work."
What a moving example of fidelity to the voters.
Sandefur's pledge obviously is intended to serve as a positive contrast to the performance — perhaps nonperformance is a better word — of Democrat Tony Fabri, the outgoing auditor.
Fabri made news repeatedly during his too-long tenure in office by not showing up at the office for weeks at a time. His absences not only were noted by colleagues, but also documented by the lack of activity on his office phone.
By seeking maximum political gain out of a minimal concession, Sandefur is trying to turn Fabri's negative into his positive. But forgive us for suggesting that voters might be a little more demanding in their expectations of candidates for elective office.