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ESPN football analyst Craig James runs for Senate (TX)
Hughes Net ^ | December 19, 2011 | JIM VERTUNO AP

Posted on 12/19/2011 11:07:55 AM PST by CedarDave

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — ESPN college football analyst Craig James, who starred as a tailback at Southern Methodist University and with the New England Patriots in the 1980s, announced Monday he was running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican from Texas, a GOP fundraiser said.

Republican fundraiser and close friend Roy Bailey told The Associated Press on Monday that James informed him he was running for the 2012 Senate seat and was in the process of dropping off his official candidate papers in Austin.

(Excerpt) Read more at home.myhughesnet.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: craigjames; football; mikeleach; sports
I doubt if he will do well in the Texas panhandle area. James was instrumental in causing the firing of Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach, who had the most wins in school history. James complained to the school that Leach had mistreated his son after he suffered a concussion. Leach has sued both Texas Tech and James. Leach was fired a day or two before he was to receive a $800,000 performance bonus from TT. He has also sued sued ESPN and a Dallas PR firm, accusing them of libel and slander after he was fired. The lawsuit against Tech and James is pending in the Texas Supreme Court.
1 posted on 12/19/2011 11:08:03 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

James can screw himself.


2 posted on 12/19/2011 11:13:23 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: CedarDave

Lousy Rat will never get my vote!!!!


3 posted on 12/19/2011 11:13:54 AM PST by Ace the Biker (I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could.)
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To: Ace the Biker
Lousy Rat will never get my vote!!!!

LOL! I presume you mean Rat as in a nasty, ground-dwelling, light-avoiding rodent and not Rat as in DemocRat.

4 posted on 12/19/2011 11:19:16 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: Army Air Corps

Will that pampered, arrogant little Lord Fauntleroy JERK kid of his be active in his campaign? After all, he clearly was NOT the “next Wesley Welker”.


5 posted on 12/19/2011 11:19:34 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Mittt Romney - he lacks the courage of his absence of convictions .)
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To: CedarDave

What? He couldn’t be convinced to run RuPaul out?

C’mon, man!


6 posted on 12/19/2011 11:20:21 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Army Air Corps

I wish he would move his family to some other state and ruin the successful football programs somwhere besides Texas.


7 posted on 12/19/2011 11:21:17 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: CedarDave

I take it he won’t get Mike Leach’s endorsement.


8 posted on 12/19/2011 11:21:39 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: CedarDave

I HOPE he get’s his CROOKED little “SMU” and “Southwest Conferance” ASS handed to him!


9 posted on 12/19/2011 11:21:39 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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ESPN’s probably happy to see him go.


10 posted on 12/19/2011 11:23:11 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

How popular is he in Texas?


11 posted on 12/19/2011 11:26:27 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12... Don't complain if 0 shreds the constitution!!!)
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To: CedarDave

Don’t know that much about the whole TT controversy, but I’d sure vote for him over some dim. We MUST take the Senate in 2012.


12 posted on 12/19/2011 11:26:38 AM PST by mtrott
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I guarantee he isn’t popular with Texas Tech fans.


13 posted on 12/19/2011 11:27:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: CedarDave

If elected The Pony will take quite a pay cut. Then again... it’s the US Senate so he should do just fine.


14 posted on 12/19/2011 11:28:18 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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The way he handled his kid is the way he’ll handle the Senate. He’s privileged and he deserves special treatment... like getting the money he deserved at SMU, like whining about how his little precious wasn’t treated well and getting a head coach fired.... he seems like a douche tard that believes his own press clippings.


15 posted on 12/19/2011 11:30:37 AM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: CedarDave
For those who want more info, do a keyword search on Craig James and Mike Leach (keywords at bottom of the posted article).

Apparently James made comments about his possibly seeking the US Senate seat way back in January 2010 during the outcry about his involvement with the Leach firing; check out this thread and the comments on it:

Craig James (ESPN Analyst) eyeing politics, not ruling out U.S. Senate run

16 posted on 12/19/2011 11:32:09 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Superbowl XX: 1 yard on 5 carries (Berry the Bears???)


17 posted on 12/19/2011 11:41:27 AM PST by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: CedarDave
Ted Cruz
18 posted on 12/19/2011 11:42:27 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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I don’t know who this James character is, but I’m voting for Ted Cruz.


19 posted on 12/19/2011 11:48:02 AM PST by Texas56
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To: CedarDave
I presume you mean Rat as in a nasty, ground-dwelling, light-avoiding rodent and not Rat as in DemocRat.

What's the difference?

20 posted on 12/19/2011 11:48:42 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: CedarDave

Maybe sheep and cattle will support James but everyone else knows a shyster cheat when they see one. James was instrumental for getting SMU the NCAA Death Penalty and his puerile antics for getting Leach fired. Republicans don’t need someone like this representing them, especially in Texas.


21 posted on 12/19/2011 12:38:59 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: CedarDave

It’s a big accomplishment to kill TWO football programs.


22 posted on 12/19/2011 12:41:11 PM PST by Montanabound
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To: ExCTCitizen

Craig James? *SPIT*


23 posted on 12/19/2011 12:43:32 PM PST by Dysart
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To: CedarDave

I never would have known he was a Republican without him saying it. I guess that torpedoes any future for him in the media.

Won’t be getting my vote.


24 posted on 12/19/2011 12:53:30 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Ace the Biker

One of the least likeable talking heads on ESPN so it will make college Saturdays more enjoyable, now if Lou Holtz would just leave for office also...........


25 posted on 12/19/2011 1:58:41 PM PST by lakewood conservative
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It’s a big accomplishment to kill TWO football programs.

Given the importance of football in Texas, from high school on up through college and the two pro teams, James must have an ego as big as the Texas Cowboy Stadium to think that voters will ignore that record when the ads start to appear. In fact, given the information in the linked article, I suspect many voters have already made up their minds who NOT to support.

26 posted on 12/19/2011 2:00:25 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
I generally invoke my 11th Commandment, "Do not speak ill of fellow Texans!" but I void it... in cases of Texas Democrats and Texas jerks like Craig James, a fifth-generation Texan, born in Jacksonville, Texas, in 1961.
27 posted on 12/19/2011 2:58:12 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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James is an ESPN media elite jerk who hired his own personal public relations firm to help destroy Mike Leach at Texas Tech because James felt that Leach was too mean to James’ son on the TT football team. Has the perfect temperament and world view to be a self serving politician. Will not get my vote.


28 posted on 12/19/2011 3:47:35 PM PST by Eleven Bravo 6 319thID
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To: CedarDave
James fits in with the Senate. From ESPN

James has had a close relationship with Dallas real estate developer Sherwood Blount, one of the key boosters involved in the past pay-for-play scandal at SMU. Blount, who reportedly insisted SMU had a "payroll to meet" even after the school promised the payments would stop, was James' agent when he played in the NFL.

In his book "Gameday," James wrote: "I'm not going to sit here and tell you I never received a nickel during my playing days. But I can say with certainty that no benefits were ever extended to me from anyone associated with the SMU administration."

And I have a pony express bridge to sell. I hope Ted Cruz kicks his ass.

29 posted on 12/19/2011 6:55:58 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: lakewood conservative

Holtz can take Desmond “He dropped it” Howard with him.


30 posted on 12/19/2011 7:01:11 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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