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Can Ex-athletes make good politicians or not?

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    Posted: 27 Jan 2010 at 08:45
Can Ex-athletes make good politicians or not? Do you have any Ex-athlete politician in your country? How good is their performance? 
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Well, there actually was one in the United States Congress, Jack Kemp. He was the quarterback for first the Los Angeles (later San Diego) Chargers [1960-1962] and then the Buffalo Bills [1962-1969] in the old American Football League. Kemp was in the US House from 1971-1989 and served as HUD Secretary in the G.H.W. Bush administration from 1989-1993.
 
Now if you consider "Body Building" a sport then we must mention Governor Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. And then there is "pro" wrestler Jesse Ventura who got himself elected governor of Minnesota...but then that state also elected a professional comic to the US Senate in 2008, Al Franken!
 
There have been others in the US House: the miler Jim Ryun of Kansas; the football coach Tom Osborne of Nebraska and footballer (Seahawks) Steve Largent of Oklahoma. 
 
NBA basketballer Bill Bradley was elected to the US Senate three times in the 80s and 90s and actually mounted a presidential campaign in 2000.
 
Then there is Gerald Ford, who played football for the University of Michigan in the 1930s! Yet he was never a "pro" but he got to be president!
 
Oops, I forgot, Suren, you asked "how good were they". Both Kemp and Bradley were rather effective as for the rest, they did no harm, which is about as good an encomium for a politician as there can be given the shennanigans possible from all those lawyers!


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Chris Chataway, who paced Roger Bannister to the first four-minute mile, was a competent enough junior minister in a series of governments. Conservative unfortunately.
 
Missed out just on an Olympic medal - one wonders what he would have done had he not smoked habitually. 
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