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    ^ Wayne Seybold competed in pairs at the 1988 winter olympics with his sister Natalie. He is currently mayor of the city of Marion, Indiana. He ran unsuccessfully for congress a couple of years ago, and has just announced his candidacy for Indiana state treasurer.
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    Didn't Plushenko
    http://english.pravda.ru/russia/poli...i_Plushenko-0/
    &, I think also, Anton Sikuralidze both dabble in Russian politics at some level or other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chapis View Post
    I agree this thread should be not here, it is here because Mathman is the biggest fan of Michelle, which for me is adorable . I think they deserve an advantage to be moterator, surely is an annoying and tired job. Skateluvr may be you should postulate to be moterator and you can to have the threads that you want where you want.
    lol, love your honesty Chapis. Tis a thankless job and I'd be lousy. I'd let everyone say their heart, and even allow basic gossip. Like for example pondering recent divorce of Yuka. A little gossip (controversy) is what skating needs-according to all the writers.

    So let us hope Gracie has a touch of Tonya. Skating would blow up if Ashley and Gracie became real rivals. When Yuna/Mao leave, half the fans may too.

    So we need a scandal they say if we don't have a dom female.

    And yes, MM should be blushing at his adoration of all things MK. He is a powerful advocate on GS. I have to say to Olympia I will always watch MK videos as long as they are free. I had to dump years of tapes. But in 2014, her politics-what she stands for matters more. But, she is very closed mouth. I'd rather Clay be the pol (I'm independent) but could never support a repub after all their "terrorist" activities to the poor, elderly, disabled. I hope Pell is one who wants to help those who actually need it. Rhode Island is poor but with some ritzy areas. Personally, I feel my Govt has far to many filthy rich govs, congressmen, senators.

    Term limits is what I sign off on. God help America.

    And again, if MM likes it here, who can object?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    ...MM should be blushing…

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    lol, MM. Time to find a new heroine. I say Gracie Gold if only for that name. If Gold can't do it, who can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leafygreens View Post
    Are there any other figure skaters who have been politicians or wives of politicians? I know that Condoleeza Rice trained to be a skater when she was a child.
    You forgot to ask about husbands of politicians.

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    Is Michelle taking a leave of absence from her job to campaign with her husband? If he becomes governor will she leave her job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    lol, MM. Time to find a new heroine. I say Gracie Gold if only for that name. If Gold can't do it, who can?
    You don't find new heroines. You add heroines to the life list. The same is true for heroes and teams.

    As for other skaters in politics, Otto Jellinek of Canada took part in Canadian politics and seems to be the Canadian ambassador to the Czech Republic. As a child, he fled Czechoslovakia along with the rest of his family but clearly has remained involved with Czech culture.

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    Does Michelle even meet the residency requirements for voting in a RI election? Being part of a political dynasty is not necessarily a positive nowadays. There is some rebellion against that sort of privilege. It didn't work all that well for Caroline Kennedy when she decided to run in NY. The kinds of mistakes she made would have been overlooked in the past due to who she was.

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    I think that the differences in Caroline Kennedy's case include the following:

    1. New York is a large and influential state with a lot of people vying for the job of Senator for various opportunistic reasons, and it's been a glamor job that quite a few people have just shown up and expected to be given. One result that makes people look twice before dismissing the idea automatically: Hillary Clinton turned out to be a great pick for New York senator. She worked really hard and gained respect from her fellow senators on both sides of the aisle. Another exception: Caroline's own uncle Robert Kennedy, years ago--but in those days the Kennedy name was at the peak of its luster. (Though a lot of people were peeved at the time that he chose to run. What was that guy with the Massachusetts accent doing thinking he could represent New York?)

    2. Caroline Kennedy never before held a position in public life. She was active in the sorts of pursuits typical for a certain class of wealthy, well-connected women: serving on the board of a ballet, being active in civic affairs but not in elected positions. To these she added books that she published about poetry, history, and the like. Now she wanted one of the toughest jobs in Washington, as one of only 100 senators. A law school degree earned several decades earlier might not be enough to look like a qualification.

    3. The Pell family has indeed been a political dynasty, but they've been active contributors to the government and affairs of a single state, not amorphous national media stars. Besides, Clay Pell is running for local office, not national office.

    4. Michelle is not running for this office. Her husband is, and his credentials are pretty well suited to the job. OT: Does anyone remember, by the way, when Elizabeth Taylor was married to Senator John Warner of Virginia?

    5. Political dynasties are actually an asset in some states because they can bring extra prestige and connections to a smaller state without boundless natural resources or other assets that is not too influential.

    I imagine that the opinion of the state's electorate depends on many factors, including the quality of previous service of the dynasty's members. Certainly Pell's grandfather, Senator Claiborne Pell, was an exemplary public servant.

    As for residency, I'm sure Michelle has established a residence in Rhode Island by now. In order to vote, you just have to have a local address and register by a deadline before that year's elections. It's running for office that requires a certain length of residency beforehand.

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    Beware of politicians. The successful ones did not get into their position because they were good people.

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    Nichelle registered to vote in Rhode Island in 2013. There is no residency requirement to be the wife of a candidate for public office.

    About the blue blood versus blue collar issue, everything is topsy-turvy in this election. The two candidates whom you would expect to appeal to "just plain folks" are in fact in trouble with labor unions and other grassroots types because of austerity measures that they imposed in the recent past (people had their pensions reduced, etc.) Mr. Pell has taken a populist position that will play well, I think.

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    I think Michelle would thrive in this kind of role. Her smile, personality and smarts will endear her to a lot of people. I wish her husband and her luck with whatever they try. The only thing I wonder a little bit is why she wouldn't use a hyphenated name of Kwan-Pell now? But maybe I'm an old fashioned fuddy-duddy.

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    Once a Queen, always a Queen She makes a mark everywhere she goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icey View Post
    Does Michelle even meet the residency requirements for voting in a RI election? Being part of a political dynasty is not necessarily a positive nowadays. There is some rebellion against that sort of privilege. It didn't work all that well for Caroline Kennedy when she decided to run in NY. The kinds of mistakes she made would have been overlooked in the past due to who she was.
    I'm sure she has by now--she and Clay live in Providence. Not that it matters, since she is not the one running.

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