Posted by Lauren Michaels | Posted in 2006 campaign, sport celebrities | Posted on 27-02-2006
If Lynn Swann becomes Pennsylvania’s next governor, he’d reach a rare milestone, becoming only the second African-American to be elected governor (Virginia’s Doug Wilder was the first.) But a pro athelete becoming governor? Even rarer still. Lots of pro athletes have won political office (Jack Kemp, Bill Bradley, Steve Largent, Jim Bunning, J.C. Watts, Tom McMillen). But none in the governor’s mansion. Not even Olympians turned politician (Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Bob Mathias, Ralph Metcalfe, Jim Ryun.)
As for Arnold Schwarzenegger being an athelete, I’ll let the folks with bodies buffer than mine make that case. Like Jesse Ventura.