One lesson from last week’s surprising election results is that those in power need to remain connected with their constituents. One United States senator has an unconventional way of doing that. From The Hill:
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has been moonlighting for the ride sharing service [Uber], in an attempt to get to know his constituents and raise a little money for charity.
“I like to work alongside and for Nebraskans,” Sasse said on Twitter Sunday.
His office later said his temporary Uber gig was part of a “work tour” he was participating in.
I like to work alongside and for Nebraskans.
I drove uber yesterday.
(For charity–I'm obv'ly not allowed to make any outside money)
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) November 13, 2016
As an Uber driver myself, I can attest to the opportunity to sample a wide range of personalities. If you want to broaden your perspective regarding the people around you, driving a random selection around town goes a long way.
For a politician like Sasse, constituent contact typically involves someone asking for something or making a complaint. It could be healthy to get out and simply talk to people outside the context of campaigning or lobbying.
If you throw up in an uber, the surcharge can be substantial
Upside: It's a market incentive to get drivers to agree to Sat.pm work
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) November 14, 2016