It’s based probably more on the fact that there’s more insulation from consequences.
Disagree. Although nepotism and such does happen at state and local levels, there’s more of a direct nature that constituents can do at those levels.
I may not hear as much about what’s going on in Boise as I do about DC, but I’m hearing it for Harrisburg and Albany. The locals concerned hear about their local politics if they’re looking for it; and many do. That’s why our own Governor Tom Wolfe lost his emergency pandemic powers; we voted an amendment to the PA Constitution that restricted such powers in the long term without approval from the legislature.