A former college football coach in Alabama wants to be a U.S. senator for that state – but a political analyst says a football record is no substitute for a voting record.
Tommy Tuberville (pictured), former Auburn University football coach, has announced he will officially join the Republican race to try to unseat Democrat Doug Jones next year. Tuberville isn't the first sports figure to seek political office. Former Nebraska coaching legend Tom Osborne was elected to Congress. NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent also served in the U.S. House, as did track and field's Jim Ryan. The NBA's Bill Bradley served three terms in the U.S. Senate, and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning represented Kentucky in both chambers of Congress.
Nevertheless, Tuberville – a political novice – faces a daunting challenge. He would likely face several veteran Alabama politicians in the GOP primary, including Congressmen Mo Brooks and Bradley Byrne, former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore, and former Senator Jeff Sessions, who held the seat before resigning to become Trump's Attorney General. And Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz is thinking about relocating to Alabama for a run at a Senate seat.
Rob Chambers is vice president of AFA Action, a Mississippi-based public policy advocacy group.
"One thing is certain: a football record is no substitute for a voting record," Chambers tells OneNewsNow. "He may be able to speak to the issues, but how does he back it up? He will be able to maybe tout some statistics from football wins – but when it comes to a legislative record, he doesn't have one."
Tuberville told AL.com Alabama needs a Republican with Christian values to unseat Jones so the country can "get away from all the crazy stuff [Democrats] are trying to do." He voiced his support for Christian values as well as for the Constitution, President Donald Trump's agenda, and law and order. Still, Chambers doesn't believe Tuberville will emerge victorious from the formidable primary field.
"Obviously he'll get a lot of votes because of his name recognition, [his] name ID," Chambers acknowledges, "but I don't think that's going to be enough to sway enough voters in a primary election to carry him into a primary runoff."
According to Tuberville, Sean Spicer – President Trump's former press secretary – is a part of his campaign.
Editor's Note: AFA Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.