D.C. PR Firm Confirms What We Already Knew About Craig James
So, on January 30, 2011; I wrote a column on KFYO.com that discussed Craig James’ posturing about a possible run for U.S. Senate.
While Craig James does, in my opinion, an okay job on television for ESPN, he’s a lightning rod for negative public opinion with the fanbases of two major universities in Texas (Tech & SMU). Any political consultant worth their salt would tell James he has no chance in hell in winning a GOP primary for U.S. Senate.
This was after James told D Magazine that he has support in Lubbock:
“Most people in Lubbock support my position. We did what any responsible parent would do. We did the right thing.”
Well, today we get a note from Texas Monthly’s Burka Blog that a Washington D.C. PR firm conducted a poll about James’ popularity on March 2nd & 3rd.
While the entire region is not overly friendly territory for Craig James, the former SMU football star is especially unpopular in the Lubbock area with 52% of voters having an unfavorable opinion of Craig James and only 7% having a favorable opinion.
Seven percent??? Wow. Almost all of the looney libs that run for statewide offices in west Texas get more than 7% during elections.
In a statewide primary, like the one for U.S. Senate in 2012, having a whole region of the state against you will kill you politically. Especially if the expected glut of 5 to 10 candidates run in the GOP Primary. As I said over a month ago, I don’t see how James has the political savvy and political capital to win a major race with no previous experience.
Now as I think about it, Craig James is Texas’ Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold goes from California’s famed industry of Hollywood to politics. James takes a Texas Two-Step from the state’s favorite pastime of football (the two-step being football player to football commentator) to politics.
Coincidentally, Craig James appeared on WBAP’s Mark Davis Show today, to discuss the Adam James-Mike Leach incident and his possible run for U.S. Senate. WBAP podcast two of the segments from James’ hour-long interview.
James said nothing new concerning the Adam James-Mike Leach incident from December 2009 and cited his tough childhood experiences as the driving force behind a run for the U.S. Senate.
When asked if the GOP nominee for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate in 2012 has to run against the ‘Obama Agenda’ James said you have to, “I’m running for the Constitution. I’m running for free markets, personal responsibility and limited government”. James elaborated further, “I’m not a politician. I’m a businessman. I’m a father and a husband and a dad. If I keep it on what I really understand; yes if you really break it down you’re bashing what is going on right now. I don’t agree with it. But I do agree with this: that America gave us all equal opportunities. I don’t believe in equal results. I think Socialism is a bad thing and that is what the Obama administration is heading towards.”
So James says that he is not a politician, yet he is making the media rounds, rounding up support and preparing a run for a major political office. I hate it when a politician says “I’m not a politician” Yes you are! You are aligning yourself with a political philosophy, political party, raising donations or pledges for a campaign and trying to get people to vote for you.
I realize that with his job at ESPN, James can’t go into all-out campaign mode until he resigns from the network. But everything he is doing smacks of being a politician. All the more reason to never vote James into any office.
So, to sum everything up, Lubbock hates Craig James and James lacks political savvy.
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