Former NFL player to run for CongressSubmitted by bravoseis on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 02:04
Former NFL player to run for Congress
Posted: September 14th, 2009 07:26 PM ET
From CNN's Lauren Kornreich
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.