Craig James And Senate
December 19, 2011 by staff
Republican fundraiser and close friend Roy Bailey told The Associated Press that James informed him he was running for the 2012 Senate seat and was in the process of dropping off his official candidate papers in Austin.
“I think it’s great for Texas. Anytime you have someone with Craig’s street smarts and business sense and willingness to serve the public, it’s a great thing,” said Bailey, who added that he would help raise money for James. Messages left for James were not immediately returned.
“As he considers his options, he won’t be working for ESPN,” the network said in a statement. James already was going to miss Tuesday night’s ESPN telecast of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.
James has been flirting with entering politics for more than year. He has name recognition in Texas, having played football at Southern Methodist in the 1980s and as a commentator on ESPN. SMU was eventually given the death penalty for violations which occurred while James was in school, though he was never direclty implicated. He has denied any involvement.
He also was part of a controversy that eventually led to the firing of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach while James’ son played for the Red Raiders. Leach is currently suing James and ESPN.
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