Entrenched New Jersey politico Frank Lautenberg is being challenged. The issue is his age. Lautenberg is 89 and even those who have supported him in the past and present wonder about his ability to do the heavy lifting a U.S. Senator has to do in the future.
POLITICO reports that the Quinnipiac poll shows that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has the edge for the 2014 election, at least right now. Those interviewed favor Booker. The issue is how old is too old for public office.
That's what responsible professionals have to ask themselves. It's not a pretty issue. For example, I wonder if a plum full time position were offered to me if I still have the endurance to put in 80 or more hours weekly on a sustained basis and perhaps have to factor in travel. Currently I put a lot of hours and do travel but, because I am self employed, can configure my schedule for "recovery" time. After two sets of grim deadlines, I only put in a few hours yesterday, went to my zen meditation practice for two hours, and slept this morning until almost 9 A.M.
How old is too old is not only an issue for voters and organizations. It's also an ethical one for us to pose to ourselves before we tell the world we can take on a new challenge.