But then the thought passes.
For most of us in the news business, the politicians are on one side and we're on the other. We do our thing -- and garner both praise and scorn in the process -- and they do theirs, for better or worse.
But sometimes the temptation gets too great, especially for the television news folks who have always lived on the thin edge between entertainment and journalism.
That's why former TV anchor Janet Peckinpaugh is in the running for the 2nd District congressional seat, a move that required her to switch her registration from unaffiliated to Republican a couple of months ago.
And it's why Shelly Sindland, the Fox 61 reporter who's leaving the station next month, is at least pondering a state House run in West Hartford.
They'll have name recognition and the advantage of already knowing most of the political players.
But reporters who switch sides -- who go from 'us' to 'them' -- are venturing into dangerous territory.
Because we all know that about the only thing worse than a journalist is a politician.
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