The Pro Athletes Are Invading Politics

While former athletes used to be content with being the face of a car dealership or a bar-and-grill, more and more seem to be putting their names on political tickets.

On Tuesday’s ballots around the country, there are five former pro athletes running for office. Shawn Bradley (pictured), the 7-foot-6 former NBA center, is running for a seat in Utah’s state House of Representatives. Backup NBA center Chris Dudley is running for governor of Oregon, and NFLers Jon Runyan and Keith Fimian are challenging for U.S. House seats. All are Republicans; the fifth, Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, is in a tight race for re-election. Two former NFL tight ends—Jay Riemersma and Clint Didier—lost in August GOP primaries for, respectively, House and Senate seats.

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11/2/10