We’ve heard of some pretty big celebrities running for office and actually getting in. Two big names that come to mind is former WWF wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura and former bodybuilder and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger both being voted in as governor of Minnesota and California respectively.
Athletes are no stranger to trying to get into politics, so why not have a college football coach run for it? According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, some Republicans in the state of Georgia are trying to get former Georgia head coach Mark Richt to run for governor in 2018.
“The outgoing University of Georgia football coach is being recruited to run for Georgia governor in 2018, according to two people with direct knowledge of the efforts.
“Both also hasten to add it’s a long-shot. Richt, who was fired on Sunday after 15 years as Georgia’s head coach, has already been contacted by several schools now that he’s a free agent. And his friends say he has expressed little interest in politics.
“But Republicans seeking to shape the field to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal in 2018 say it’s worth a shot. Several GOP office-holders, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, are exploring a run, but the race for the state’s top job remains wide open.”
I’m sure a lot of people throughout the state would vote for Richt. It’s unlikely that he runs in the next election considering that he is rumored to take a coaching job somewhere else, however, you can never say never, especially if he is favored to actually win.
Richt 2018? Actually doesn’t sound too bad.
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