Lynn Swann came out swinging against the Democrats in his announcement that he is going to run for Governor of Pennsylvania. Taking up the gauntlet for the Republicans he wasted no time in declaring that Democrats have "taken the African American vote for granted".
Swann, a Hall of Fame receiver and longtime TV football commentator, faces three other candidates in seeking the Republican nomination for governor — his first run for political office. The winner of the May 16 primary would likely face Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who is expected to seek a second four-year term.
If elected, he said he would not resume his broadcasting career even on a part-time basis. Rendell moonlights as a Philadelphia Eagles post-game analyst for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.
"I think the people of Pennsylvania would rather have a governor who is committed to being there," Swann said.
Swann has so far revealed little about his political philosophy or the initiatives he would pursue as governor. He has advocated reducing certain business taxes and said he opposes abortion rights.
In independent polling, former Lt. Gov. William Scranton III and Swann are running ahead of the other two GOP candidates, but behind Rendell.
Since I don't talk about sports I bet you didn't know I've been a Steelers fan since I was born. I don't follow football much anymore, but damned if I'll ever forget Lynn Swann.