In a political culture that favors the uncivil and self-centered insiders, a candidate such as John Capozzi is a refreshing example of political civility (“Dutiful Loser,” 5/9).

The electorate has grown so accustomed to the crassness of the political machinery that being nice, according to John Cloud’s evaluation of Capozzi, is now considered an impediment to successful campaigning. But nice candidates usually prove to be nice officeholders. Their attendance record is perfect, they view public office as an honor and not a feeding frenzy, and they are acutely sensitive to the connection between paying taxes and receiving services. We vote for politicians in a perpetual state of redemption; surely being nice should not be a political liability.

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