Why address politicians by their former titles?

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Emily Yoffe questions the practice of addressing politicians by their former titles:

[Robert Hickey author of Honor & Respect: The Official Guide to Names, Titles, and Forms of Address] says the best rule for any ex-official is, “Who are you at this moment?” If you’re a former senator who’s now a lobbyist on K Street, you should work your contacts as a private citizen, not as “senator.”

Waldman nods:

There aren’t very many other arenas in America where you get to make people call you by the most high-falutin title you were ever given, no matter how briefly you held the position or how many decades have passed since you did.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.