From blocking imposing defensive lineman to blocking health care reform? Is that what is in former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan’s future?
According to numerous reports, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Runyan may be in line to run against NJ Rep. John Adler (D), who represents New Jersey’s Third Legislative District.
Runyan would run as a Republican and said through a spokesman that he is considering running for the seat, which represents part of Burlington, Camden and Ocean counties.
It should be noted that Adler broke from party lines and voted against the health care reform package last year. That could cost him some democratic support.
As for Runyan, he’d have the backing of Republicans, who controlled that seat for years. Plus, the Eagles connection will drag in the casual political observer to vote in his favor. However, in Ocean County, Giants fans will play a part in the equation.
Back to the serious side of this, Runyan could obviously raise funds and create a huge war chest, which would be critical in a battle against Adler. In his race against then-incumbent James Saxton, Adler had a five-to-one advantage in terms of money available to his campaign. In fact, he had raised more than any non-incumbent Congressional candidate in the nation.
If and when Runyan declares his candidacy, it will be interesting to see how he fares and which endorsements he receives. In recent years, voters have shown they are not afraid of giving new blood a shot at running the government. Just look at Sarah Palin, Jesse Ventura and even President Barack Obama as examples.