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Armstrong and US politics(19 posts)

Armstrong and US politicsBruno
Oct 4, 2001 10:02 AM
I wouldn't doubt for a minute that Armstrong could become a politician. He already has a lot of friends in politics. He was invited to the state dinner with Bush and Fox but couldn't go because he was sick. Last week he met with Clinton and Giuliani in NYC. Actors and astronauts have become politicians, why not athletes? He cares for people, has experience in giving public speeches and is honest. I believe this guy is going to do much more after he retires from cycling than putting out a line of bikes with his name on it.

Just a slow Thursday morning editorial.
re: Armstrong and US politicsJon
Oct 4, 2001 10:08 AM
Interesting that you should say that. After his recent visit to NYC I had the identical thoughts. He
definitely has the leadership ability. However, no one has any idea as to his political philosophy,
astuteness, or lack thereof! Do remember, however, that in his youth he was a class A hothead!
Athletes do go into Politics...Cima Coppi
Oct 4, 2001 10:44 AM
Remember Jack Kemp? There have been many rumors as the possibility of Charles Barkley running for some political seat. It makes no difference what background defines a good politician, because they all suck. It's the nature of the game. The one who wins can best kiss the @$$ of the lobbyist willing to front the most campaign money so the politician will vote in favor of issues related to that lobbyist. Anyone can play the game, and in the end its the voters who come out the loosers.

Will LA make a good politician? Actually, he may have more influence as a lobbyist/spokesperson (as he's currently doing) working for cancer researchers/pharmacutical companies. Maybe he could lobby for improve roads and bike lanes for all of us cyclists. ;-)

My 0.02 lira's worth.

CC
re: Armstrong and US politicsridinDC
Oct 4, 2001 10:55 AM
unfortunately this kind of thing never works out. he's such a symbol that the parties would try to corrupt him for their purposes. look at richard petty from nascar. he was a super popular figure, nearly godlike in north carolina and the entire south. but he lost the race for secretary of state for north carolina because the republicans just tried to sell him as a face. the democratic candidate was not as popular but could embarrass petty because he knew the issues, nuances and mechanics of the job. i agree that he makes a better lobbyist for causes because of his star power.

although on the other hand, you just never know. carter was a peanut farmer (and governor). house majority whip tom delay was an exterminator, house speaker hastert was a high school wrestling coach, and reagan was an actor.
actually ...bianchi boy
Oct 4, 2001 6:44 PM
As a NC resident, here's the real story about Richard Petty. He lost the race for NC secretary of state because he lost his temper with a nonprofessional driver while driving on I-85. The guy was driving slower than Petty wanted to go, so Richard pulled up behind him and tapped his rear bumper, like he would in a stock car race. The guy in front had no idea it was Richard Petty, so he called the state troopers and they pulled Petty over. When word of the incident hit the news, it was all over for Richard Petty. That kind of behavior may be fine on the racetrack, but doesn't create a lot of confidence among the voters.

For what it's worth, Petty has been actively involved in politics in his county (as a commissioner) for many years. He lost the secretary of state race to a woman legislator, Lorraine Marshall, who happens to be a very nice and sharp person and may have beaten Petty in the election even if the famous bumping incident hadn't occurred.
Like gopher, from the Love Boat! nmmr_spin
Oct 4, 2001 10:59 AM
no, JC WattsJack S
Oct 4, 2001 11:02 AM
Bill Bradley, Jack Kemp...
Remember, JC Watts was the first to wear a do-rag.Elefantino
Oct 4, 2001 7:30 PM
Back then, when he was an Oklahoma quarterback, the comentators called it a "bandana" ... but it started a trend.

Could you imagine Mr. Watts wearing a do-rag these days?
or Sony Bono? or (gag) Jessie Ventura?! -NMTig
Oct 4, 2001 11:10 AM
Loved those t-shirts "My Gov can beat up your Gov."! nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 11:14 AM
My Gov is Mel Brooks from Blazing Saddles! Who's yours? (nm)Cima Coppi
Oct 4, 2001 12:06 PM
"Work, work, work, work. Hello boys!" LOL -nmTig
Oct 4, 2001 1:31 PM
Let's not forget Miss Jane from the Beverly Hillbillies (nm)Peetey
Oct 4, 2001 12:13 PM
Anyone remember Steve Largent?jaybird
Oct 4, 2001 12:56 PM
Or Shirley Temple Black -nmTig
Oct 4, 2001 1:32 PM
Guv'ner Armstrong?...breck
Oct 4, 2001 6:02 PM
Good, the first step he could take is become Governor of Texas
and get their bike laws straightened out :)

cheers,
breckinridge
old Texan in Californio :)
Since when does being honest qualify you for politics?(nm)look271
Oct 4, 2001 6:16 PM
Wouldn't it disqualify you from politics?Vlad the Impaler
Oct 4, 2001 6:47 PM
Probably so!look271
Oct 4, 2001 7:27 PM
But I NEVER inhaled!