Mike Ditka could be the latest in a long line of GOP jocks.

Mike Ditka could be the latest in a long line of GOP jocks.

Mike Ditka could be the latest in a long line of GOP jocks.

Previously published Slate articles made new.
July 14 2004 3:21 PM

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Mike Ditka could be the latest in a long line of GOP jocks.

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In the weeks after the scandal-plagued Jack Ryan withdrew from the Senate race in Illinois, state GOP leaders have struggled to find a viable candidate. One potential savior might be former Chicago Bears coach and Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka, who is now strongly considering a run for the Senate seat. Ditka is just one of many athletes who have dabbled in politics in recent years. In 2001, John Solomon asked why virtually all of these athletes-turned-politicians are Republicans.