They get elected and go to DC to obtain power and money, lots and lots of money. And they succeed. Not one of them intends to retire to a middle class life.
One of my favorite examples is Bob Dole. Married to a perfectly wonderful wife, but she was never going to be part of a DC “power couple,” so he divorced her and married Liddy Dole and from all I can tell, they have spent their married life making sure they have a very rich and comfortable life.
Liddy shows up on the Senate floor occasionally when it suits some purpose or other, but I swear that the rest of the time she is back in her office doing deals.
Bob visited Russell, Kansas whenever he was seeking re-election. Otherwise, he had no time for it.
They all make my blood just boil.
In FL, after Hurricane Andrew’s devastation, the succeeding years were followed by many scam and crook construction guys, taking insurance money “deposits” and then disappearing.
The curse word of that miserable time was: roofer.
The dirtiest word to me anymore is: politician.