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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Fighting for the Brady Endorsement

Of course this is all made-up Drudge BS, but it is amusing:

Super Bowl-bound New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady has become one of the most sought after political endorsements this election cycle after he agreed to be a guest of President Bush and Laura Bush in her VIP box during the State of the Union speech!

TV images of 25 year-old Brady giving Bush repeated standing ovations--and cheering during several of the speech's passages--thrilled White House operatives.

One Bush staffer emailed the DRUDGE REPORT: "It was a Touchdown from Kerry's own 40-yard-line!" ...

Not to be outdone, senior Kerry campaign staffers are now attempting to somehow arrange their own photo-op between Kerry and Brady.

Inside the Kerry camp, Brady is being described as the "dream endorsement." ...

While an official from the New England Patriot organization claims Brady went to Washington this week to simply represent the NFL, others close to the star athlete now claim he is supporting Bush in the upcoming presidential election.

"He has switched his preference from [Massachusetts Sen. John] Kerry to Bush," a well-placed source close to Brady said Tuesday night from Boston. "He thinks President Bush has demonstrated leadership, he was proud, no, he was thrilled to go to Washington to be the president's guest and to hear his speech. He's been talking about it for weeks."

I've heard Tom Brady interviewed dozens of times on local TV and radio the past few years and believe me, this is not a guy who sits around talking about politics with his friends. I hope one of the sports reporters who has a word with Brady in the run-up to the Super Bowl asks him about the Drudge story so that Brady can ridicule it.

UPDATE 4:20: Maybe I'm wrong, if you want to believe the Herald's Inside Track:

No. 12, who has hinted at political aspirations, is no stranger to the White House honchos. In fact, the last time Tom snagged an audience with Dubya (after winning Super Bowl XXXVI MVP), a barrage of "Brady for President'' patter swept through cyberspace!

And Tom's sister, Julie, dished to People maggie that No. 12 has visions of being a senator some day. Hey, stranger things have happened in California politics!

The Inside Track also says people are buying up cardboard cut-outs of Brady. No one I know, fortunately.