Politics can be a dirty business and having dealt with that world for decades, I can vouch for it. There is so much lack of integrity that — despite having observed this for so long — it still astounds me what goes on behind the scenes that the general public doesn’t see.
Sometimes it’s an insecure elected leader who swings their weight around, trying to intimidate individual citizens or organizations because they’re not supporting them or their agenda. This often takes the form of threatening the interests of third parties with whom the individual is associated, trying to make them persona non grata and threatening their livelihood. This arrogant behavior ultimately leads to the demise of such immature elected leaders because they think they are invincible, a classic freshman mistake.
Also, it seems many incumbents are obsessed with maintaining their thrones and there is nothing they won’t do to thwart opposition. This can be seen in elections with the use of division as a path to power. This strategy has destructive long-term consequences for the greater community.