"But I made one mistake which I would never repeat as a member of Congress when I was in Washington, and that was when I was elected I didn't go on trips because I was so afraid of having someone accuse me of taking junkets"
- Geraldine Ferraro
About this Quote
Geraldine Ferraro's quote speaks with the value of preserving a high level of integrity while in office. She is revealing her regret for not benefiting from the opportunity to take a trip while in Congress, as she was afraid of being implicated of taking "junkets" or trips for individual gain. This quote highlights Ferraro's commitment to ethical behavior and her desire to avoid any prospective disputes of interest. It likewise serves as a suggestion to other elected authorities to be conscious of their actions and to always act in the very best interest of their constituents. Ferraro's quote is a reminder that civil service is a benefit and should be taken seriously. It is important for elected officials to be knowledgeable about the potential for criticism and to constantly make every effort to keep the highest level of integrity.
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