Ever since retiring from the cycling circuit Lance Armstrong has taken his drive and energy to the war against cancer with the same drive and tenacity he did the Tour de France. And to his credit he’s succeeded. Rather than ride off into the sunset of a quiet life, Armstrong has leveraged his celebrity and public goodwill towards the good cause that is cancer research. It seems that Armstrong’s success in his lobbying efforts have potentially opened some new doors for him. Doors to political office.
Several said the 36-year-old cyclist and cancer survivor has impressive political talent. And, they say, he took noticeable steps this year to make his public appearance more professional and to grow more steeped in public policy. Few find it hard to imagine an Armstrong candidacy.Perhaps she’s right, Armstrong may have it all. He certainly has the name recognition – everyone knows his story to some extent. And while he’s been often accused, he’s never tested positive for steroids. Plus, Armstrong knows everyone. The networking and teamwork he’s used with his Livestrong campaign will be well-suited for politics. Put that with his speaking skills and the positive work he’s done on behalf of cancer? Dare I say many a politician has been elected with slimmer resumes.
"He's got the political DNA without a doubt," said Cathy Bonner, an aide to former Democratic Gov. Ann Richards.
So if Armstrong is thinking about running for office, I say go for it. All he has to do is stay away from those Olsen twins...