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NY Giants coach backs Dunn

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 6:53 pm in 2010 election, Secretary of State.

Damon Dunn

Damon Dunn

New York Giants head football coach Tom Coughlin is endorsing GOP Secretary of State candidate and former NFL player Damon Dunn.

The announcement comes on the heels of news that football icon Ronnie Lott has also thrown his name behind Dunn’s candidacy.

“Damon was a joy to coach — always had a great attitude, an abundance of enthusiasm, and incredible energy for everything,” Coughlin said in an email. “He is very smart and was always like a sponge in terms of learning. Damon was very involved with community service –- constantly volunteering and never had to be pushed –- he had a true sense of wanting to give back and once he started something, he always finished the task.”

No offense to Coughlin. I’m sure he is fine fellow. I confess, I am not a football fan. I had to Google his name, where I found glowing reviews about his character and leadership.

But do California voters care which candidate a New York football coach has endorsed? After all, Dunn had a brief and undistinguished NFL career.

Dunn says Caughlin’s support, along with that of Lott’s and others, is an indication of his leadership skills.

“These men and women are leading in the real world, not influenced by quid pro quo, and see leadership qualities in me,” Dunn wrote. “The gridlock in Sacramento will not be mitigated by public policy wonks or some new innovative idea.  It will be mitigated by applying leadership.  We need strong leaders in Sacramento in every elected position.”

Dunn is running against Democratic incumbent Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

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  • John W

    This should help him nail down the huge New York Giants fan base in California.

  • stevefromsacto

    So you want to support a former football player for secretary of state. Just like you supported a former movie actor for governor. How’d that work out for you?

  • John W

    I’m in the Bowen camp, but it would be a mistake to dismiss this guy as a dumb jock. Up from poverty, strong academic performance at Stanford, very energetic and articulate, business success, lots of involvement in helping underprivileged kids etc. Deborah could have a battle on her hands.

  • Brian Golden

    Do any of you Bay Area geniuses actually think the swine feeding at the trough right now in Sacramento are going to fix the problem?
    THEY ARE THE PROBLEM!
    Only the private sector can clean up the mess that has become our formerly golden state.
    By the way _ if you run into anyone at Chevron, tell them those “When America looks to the future, it looks to California” commercials are an anachronistic embarassment.
    They’re so 1980s.
    The only thing people look to our state for now is fiscal profligacy.
    But we can start changing that, and reclaiming our destiny, on Nov. 2.
    Brian Golden
    Lancaster

  • John W

    Brian Golden,

    I’m not aware of any mess to clean up in the CA Secretary of State office under current leadership. Are you?

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    To #2: Ronnie and Arnie compare favorably with many of their successors/predecessors.

  • John W

    Re: #6

    Have to agree in the case of Arnold. His failures are “our” failures. If “we the people” had adopted the fiscal reforms proposed by the guv and Tom Campbell, we’d be in a lot better shape. Had he not been there to veto a bunch of really stupid bills from the legislature, we’d be in even worse shape.