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Is advocacy job better than being governor?

Congratulations to Gov. Mark Parkinson for being chosen to head the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living after his term as governor ends next January. The job is a good fit for Parkinson's background in public service and as an owner and operator of long-term care facilities. But it's also a bit puzzling. The reason Parkinson gave for not running for governor this year was that he wanted to return to the private sector. Heading an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., doesn't seem like it would satisfy his entrepreneurial desires. Is that job better than possibly continuing as governor?