September 14th, 2009
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Former NFL player to run for Congress

Former professional football player Jay Riemersma announced Monday that he is running for Congress in Michigan in 2010.
Former professional football player Jay Riemersma announced Monday that he is running for Congress in Michigan in 2010.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former professional football player Jay Riemersma announced Monday that he is running for Congress in Michigan in 2010.

The GOP candidate is running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a Republican vying to become the next governor of Michigan. Riemersma set up an exploratory committee in June, but made it official on Monday with a speech in Holland, Michigan.

Comparing Congress to the National Football League, the former Buffalo Bills tight end promised to "never vote to raise your taxes."

"I'm announcing my candidacy today because we need a Republican renaissance – a return to our conservative principles of governance – and I'm ready to help lead this movement," Riemersma said, in remarks released by his campaign.


Since retiring from professional sports, Riemersma has been working for the conservative Family Research Council and coaching high school football. In November 2008, he penned a letter to the editor in the Holland Sentinal entitled "How could Christians vote for Obama?"

In the article, he said that "faith should permeate every aspect of our lives" and said any Christian who chose to support Barack Obama's presidential bid did so "from a lack of understanding."

"Too many Christians shroud their God-given light with misguided intentions and uninformed choices," Riemersma wrote. "Moving forward to the next election, I implore all Christians to base their vote not on a political party or a polished politician, but rather on Biblical principle."

Riemersma already has other opponents in the Republican primary - state Rep. Bill Huizenga announced last December that he is running, and state Sen. Wayne Kuipers is reportedly considering a bid.


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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Roger

    Great, whats better than having a stupid has been actor represent you? Oh yea having a stupid washed up athelete represent you. beautiful, God help us all.

    September 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Kim in mpls

    Further more lets talk about not wanting to look out for your neighbor or his health and find a way to cut cost and have great healthcare, Instead let's blindly join a party of greed by which you get paid to block an idea where we have compasion for our fellow human beings.

    Please people, let God be our judge and not an x-football player.

    September 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. REPUBLICANS LIE

    It never ceases to amaze me how the Republicans are so enamored of Hollywood stars and sports figures. Yes, it's true, the Republicans are the party of Hollywood values.

    September 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. b

    All this about a Rep? Obama has taken more vacations in 8 months than most presidents take all term. He has pandered to more celebertys than anyone, in recent history. Anyone is welcome to join in in politics, look at the caucuses we have now, we let anyone in.

    September 14, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. StevieB

    Anyting to get rid of Hoekstra – oh, wait - just about anything. Him as Governor would be an even bigger disaster than he has been as a Representative.

    September 14, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. chelle

    Moderate Democrat...actually I would say the last really good Republican President was Theodore Roosevelt... a shining example of what a president should and can be. Not perfect by any stretch but honourable, thoughful, brave, reformer.....a truly remarkable man.

    September 14, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. t.c.

    what happened to the seperation of church and state? how little the republicans know about the constitution.
    just ask g.w.bush and his rule of law.

    September 14, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Ken

    If you think this jock neo-nitwit is bad, just think of the legions of self-deluded, empty-brained neo-tards who would actually vote for him!.....they are better know as PALIN SUPPORTERS. Athletic supporters......Palin supporters....sounds about right.

    September 14, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. NCCPA

    Are you kidding me, you are saying that Republicans are tied up with Hollywood? That is too silly to even go into. Why don't we stop criticizing other citizens and do the right thing, start holding DC accountable. Period. DC is out of control and no one will report it. Everyone needs to clean house. Why don't we all start paying our own way, unless you are truly disabled. The rest of us need to tell DC we want to keep more of what we earn from our labors.

    September 14, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. kevin

    nice. nice. this is going to change everything. this is going to be the big game changer. The game changer!!!!!

    September 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    You all act like he's just a jock with no brain... The man went to MICHIGAN.. that's a pretty good school people, give him a chance to at least run.

    September 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Larry

    This bufoon has hit in the head so many times that he has definitely lost his marbles. He'll fit right in with the other mindless repbublican idiots.

    September 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    Knocking a few heads together can't be a bad thing in Congress, but what else is known of his background?
    Hopefully he completed his dregree while in college. Hopefully he has some real business experience because opinions are not enough to set the laws of this country. And, Celebrity is surely not enough of a qualification.

    September 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. ttbala

    Are we done with Acters, now it is the turn of athletes, what do these people know, we all know they graduated from schools with zero credits, all they had to do is play foodtball, now they are going to run our country, GOD HELP US.

    September 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. RepublicanturnedDemocrat

    And so is he going to resign from the NFL?! You can't be doing practice during the off season and not be in Washington DC to handle business?

    Is he aware of this?!

    September 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Tom

    Conservatives don't know their history or their constitution.

    Return to conservative principles of governance? Okay, jockboy, let's de-electrify your district and rip out the roads and bridges too.

    Someone forgot to wear his helmet one too many times.

    September 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. John

    It amazes me how people think that one man, who's an unknown to begin with, will change the outlook of a failed Party. Good luck with that.

    Also NCCPA I'm sure you thought the same thing with Bush as well. Why is it that everybody is now so concerned with the way Washington is going. Where were all of you folks at when GWB was running this country into the ground. Hiding from imaginary boogiemen I guess.

    September 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Gene

    For those complaining about Obama and being christians.. just remember.. it was Jesus who said that those of means are morally obligated to help the poor.

    Most republicans call that socialism.. real Christians call that the word of God.

    How real "Christians" can be Republicans baffles me... I'm an Atheist and I adhere to Gods law more than those "conservative christian" tea party nutjobs.

    September 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Lord!

    Typical of the GOP thinking they just put "anyone" in office just to win elections! THAT'S ALL REPUBLICANS CARE ABOUT!! WIN WIN WIN..and screw the middle class and poor...just as long as the rich are kept rich, and supported by the mentally challenged and racist in this country! i'm so sick of the GOP, I DON'T CARE WHO THEIR CANDIDATES ARE! We're NOT interested!

    September 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Bob

    A pampered jock wants to maintain his status of economic privilege by running as a repug. What a shock, that.

    September 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. obama the liar

    another day, another lie.

    September 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. gt

    i did not know that there were some many atheiests who hate republicans.....

    September 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. REPUBLICANS LIE

    Hollywood is about one thing only, making money. Republicans represent one interest only, money.

    September 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Thomas

    " Republican renaissance " ? Dumb and Dumber !
    *Dancing the the Stars*
    And the wheels on the bus go round and round !

    September 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. mjm

    Is he going to tackle the deficit?

    September 14, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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