Who would be a good candidate for political office?

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  1. WARPWOODIE

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    Who among the former ATP/WTA players would be good in politics? My choice would be Andre Agassi. I can see him following in the footsteps of former California Governor Arnold Swarchengger. Arnold got started in politics with an appointment as the Presidential Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in the Reagan Administration. Andre on the other hand is a great proponent for education, having founded his school. Your thoughts on others....
     
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  2. slowfox

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    Isn't Safin in politics now? Memory may be shaky though... (um, my memory, not his).
     
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    You are correct. I'm not entirely sure what his position is but I know he's working with the government.

    I think there's a WTA player who is deeply involved in politics, I can't recall who, but I believe she's an active player.
     
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  4. Bartelby

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    Federer would be a good Eurocrat and MacEnroe would be a good Mayor of New York, but was Arnie ever really in politics?

    Choosing a celebrity as a frontman doesn't work too well outside of America where politics is reserved mainly for long term professionals.
     
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    In the past I could see Jack Kramer in politics. TIriac would be good in politics if he isn't already.
     
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    Alexander,Mottram,Panatta and a few south american players all are into it.Arantxa Sanchez was running for a s eat at her city´s Local Council.

    Fred Perry was himself a MP, I think.
     
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    Wasn´t Pam Shriver looking for a seat at the Congress?
     
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    Mottram <---- I remember this scary ******.
     
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    From far left to far right:
    Panatta,Perry,Mc Enroe,Shriver, Nastase,Alexander,Sanchez Vicario and Buster
     
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    Buster Mottram would most likely have gone down well with Mosley in the pre-war days.
    McEnroe Mayor of New York, I agree.
    Tim Henman could do well, looks like a PR bloke!
     
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    She is a Kennedy relative.......she did make some noise about running.
     
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    Interesting. I never realized she was one of the Kennedy Shrivers...they're everywhere!
     
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  13. gavna

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    Tiriac already owns/runs half of the country already - bet he owns all the important politicians as well.

    We were in Romania at the end of October.......Tiriac brand is EVERYWHERE! Banks, Petrol Stations, Car Rentals, New Car dealerships.......etc .he's like Coca Cola, Nestlé, HSBC, AVIS and McDonalds all in one.
     
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    Yep Eunice was her aunt I believe and Arnie's ex Maria is her cousin.
     
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    Novak Djokovic is a very good speaker in English (so I imagine he must be even a lot better in Serbian), is a pretty intellectual guy and revered as basically a God in his home country. He could easily be a successful politician in Serbia.
     
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    Tiriac would make a great dictator:)
     
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    +1. He embodies that city, for better or worse.
     
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    Safin is in the Duma.
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    Anna Chakvetadze has a degree in psychology and also ran for the Duma, but did not win.
     
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    For non-politicians and without knowing their political leanings, I'd say Federer because of his smooth demeanor and Vince Spadea because of his non-smooth demeanor.
     
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    Everything is possible in the States.if Reagan did it, why not Agassi?

    but be careful, his ancestors came from...Iran¡¡¡¡
     
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    Federer is from Switzerland.They are very conservative on economics, although quite more liberal in other subjects.But, of course, they love order and precision...their train system is just amazing¡¡¡
     
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    Nastase ran for office in Romania, he also was on some local councils in Paris when he lived there full time in the 80s.

    Roddick would be interesting. Can see him in 15 yrs or so running for a local spot.
     
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    Yes that bastion of progressiveness: Switzerland where women got the right to vote 42 yrs ago in 1971.

    Easy to make he trains run on time when your country is the size of a county in Texas or California.
     
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    I am sure you are a true New Yorker, aren´t you?

    In any case, there are other small countries, but their train system not so good.To each one his own.

    In switzerland you get fined if you void your WC after 10 pm
     
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    I think it was his father who was an MP - Labour Party. Yet another reason why Perry never quite gelled with the Establishment of the time.

    Nb- mussolini got the trains to arrive on time. Hitler similarly with the autobahn........ doesn't end well.......
     
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    Hahaha actually I have a French and US passport.......did live in NYC for about 10yrs. But I much prefer the American west.......

    Switzerland a nice and wonderful place to ski, eat raclette (lots and lots of it), buy cuckoo clocks......it a wonderfully boring country with an awesome tax situation for non citizens with lots of money who can live there....ie French Athletes!

    I found the "trains run on time" comment funny as that's what was said of **** Germany and Italy under the fascists.......
     
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    Was Connors a dem or a rep?
    Evert was always a southern dem but she may have changed ideas
     
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    Remember she dated Jack Ford, (Gerald Ford's Son) I think she ended up RHINO, with some liberal views on social issues and moderate conservative economics.
     
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    Adriano Panatta seated in Rome´s Local Council representing the current Democratic Party ( before called Democratic Left Party).He voted the PCI in the 70´s.Not the only italian sportsman ending up in politics.Milan Star and " Golden Boy" Gianni Rivera did politics with the Christian Democrats also.
     
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    Arthur Ashe could have won a political office in my opinion. Other than him, perhaps Tony Trabert would have been a viable political candidate. He was someone I really looked up to as a kid watching tennis. Stan Smith is another former player that I think could fit the bill.
     
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    Pam Shriver would work out reasonably well, and Stan Smith is a good suggestion.
     
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    Edberg has most of the qualities to make a good run, handsome, cerebral, well liked and selects his words well.
     
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    That's easy Raonic!

    Um, ....., oh sorry. :oops:
     
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    Fed would be a good diplomat.

    Edberg would be a finance consultant ;)
     
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    Billie Jean King is an obvious choice. She's already had a profound influence on gender equity in sports. Even non-tennis fans know her and respect her. As for guys, McEnroe was close to Ashe personally and was politically aware even as a bratty teenager. I'd pay to see him tell folks in Congress "You CANNOT be serious!"
     
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    For US politics, I agree with you.Ashe and King are legends.

    I´d also pick Newcombe and Wilander, two well outspoken, charismatic and inteligent men.
     
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    And we all know that legends are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! :twisted:
     
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    What does she think about issues like abortion?
     
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    and your point is?
     
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    I think that falls under the category of liberal social views. She is on record on gay marriage.
     
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    Lindsay Davenport: she is very likeable and personable, speaks well but without beating around bushes. She is also not afraid to speak her mind when pushed to it or when she feels someone is not doing what needs to be done. Humble in victory or defeat, I could see her being someone who could reach across the aisle and be listened to but also be firm enough to stand her ground.

    Agassi: likeable, personable, clearly a man who has some involvement in his community. However his wild child persona from his early days would be used against him, probably not successfully but it would still happen.

    Billie Jean King: okay she may not be universally popular but she has a huge amount of organizational and political experience just from her struggled and debates to found a tournfpr the women. She is a constant campaigner for various civil rights and in no way shy about the public eye or speaking her mind. However in today's world her personal life would be a massive weapon against her constantly.
     
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    Andrea Jaeger: became a mum and has the best record on NGO among ahtlets, great person.a clear progressive democrat, having come out Chicago suburbs.

    Tim Mayotte: well articulated, nice guy who was a brilliant student if memorey serves well, and I think he had a keen interest in politics.Would be a good moderate Republican ( which that party really needs)
     
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