Oct 21, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT
You may know former NFL offensive tackle Jon Runyan as the last remaining active player from the Houston Oilers. Also, in 2006 when he was playing for the Eagles, he was listed in a Sports Illustrated article as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. Now retired from football, Mr. Runyan is running for Congress; the Republican nominee for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district. In his campaign literature Runyan promises “an end to politics as usual in Washington”, and if by that he means not knowing much about current events in politics, it’s mission accomplished.
Video following the jump.
On Tuesday night Runyan debated his Democratic opponent, Rep. John Adler, when the subject of the Supreme Court came up. Uh oh.
ADLER: “Jon, it’s a different branch of government, but can you give me an example from the last 10 or 15 years of a Supreme Court decision in which you strongly disagree?”
RUNYAN: “That I strongly disagree with?” Runyan clarified, pausing before considering his final answer. “Dred Scott,” Runyan responded, drawing laughter from the audience.
Adler then noted that the Dred Scott Decision was from 1857, and thus was not “within the past 10 or 15 years.” So he posed the question again. Runyan did not respond.
From the Huffington Post:
The inept response comes days after Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell stumbled on a similar question in a debate with her opponent, Chris Coons.
Other former athletes who are running for office this year are Keith Fimian, who played briefly for the Cleveland Browns and is running for Congress out of Virginia; former NBA center Shawn Bradley, who is running for a seat in the Utah state legislature; and former Redskins tight end Clint Didier (don’t miss the Top Gun theme he uses in his campaign web site intro). Didier, who was defeated in Washington’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate, had the backing of Sarah Palin and Ron Paul. Also, former NBA journeyman Chris Dudley is the Republican nominee for Governor in Oregon.
Jon Runyan On ‘Dred Scott’: GOP Candidate Can’t Name Recent Supreme Court Case [The Huffington Post]
NFL, NBA Provide Recruiting Ground for Republicans in November [Bloomberg]
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