SBD/Issue 40/Law & Politics

Decision 2006: Election Notes

In Detroit, David Darby notes John L. Smith, who is running for the Kentucky Division 3 Circuit Court Judge, has “taken steps on his Web site ... to distance himself” from the recently-fired Michigan State Univ. football coach, and former Univ. of Louisville coach, of the same name. Smith is running a TV spot that says:

Announcer: “Vote for John L. Smith.”

Man wearing Louisville cap: “The ex-U of L coach?”

Announcer: “No, John L. Smith.”

Woman: “The guy Michigan State’s trying to get rid of?”

Announcer: “No. Are you voting for John L. ‘Jack’ Smith?”

Both: “Yes I am!” (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 11/7).

Brees Asks Mother To Stop
Using Image In Campaign
CAMERA SHY: Saints QB Drew Brees asked his mother, attorney Mina Brees, “to stop using his picture in TV commercials as she runs for a spot on Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals.” Brees, who described their current relationship as “nonexistent,” said, “I’ve made it known many times I don’t want to be involved” (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 10/31).

LOOKING FOR THE GOAL: Former Rangers G Mike Richter “made a series of appearances” Sunday with John Hall, a Congressional candidate in New York. Westchester County Democratic party sources “have made it known that they consider Richter ... an attractive candidate” in the future (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/6).

CUBBIE HOLE: Illinois gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka while campaigning on Sunday said that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Cubs fan, “spends more time at the ballpark than he does at the Legislature.” Topinka: “Maybe he ought to run for manager of the Cubs. They’re a bunch of losers, too, and need some help.” Blagojevich responded, “If she wants to say I’m a loser and call me names ... God bless her, but leave the Cubs alone. She ought to retract the attack on the Cubs” (AP, 11/6).

TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: HBO’s Bryant Gumbel, in his closing commentary on “Real Sports” last week, discussed the ad opposing a stem cell initiative in Missouri that included MLB Cardinals P Jeff Suppan, Royals 1B Mike Sweeney and NFL Cardinals QB Kurt Warner. Gumbel: “I personally don’t like their position, but that’s not the point. I do like their involvement. ... (Athletes) are undoubtedly among the most recognizable, admired and potentially influential of all Americans, which makes their absence from the crucial issues of our time all the more puzzling” (HBO, 10/31).

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