UFC Middleweight Contender Chael Sonnen Tap Dances on Healthcare

February 10, 2010
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Following his win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 109, Chael Sonnen put his MMA gloves down to get in a little work on his political chops.

Sonnen announced last week that he would seek political office.

“I have officially announced my candidacy for District 37 in Oregon for the House of Representatives,” Sonnen told MMAWeekly.com.

Running as a Republican, the preliminary election for the seat takes place in May and the general election in November.

“(The position is) currently held by a Republican, and he’s vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Fifth Congressional District,” said Sonnen. “I was recruited by the party to fill his seat.”

At Saturday night’s post-fight press conference, while most questions centered on fighting, Top 10 rankings, and title shots, Sonnen had to field a question about the controversial health care bill currently sitting before the federal government.

“I’ll tell you, it’s a big bill. It’s a federal bill. I’m just a state guy. I’m running for State Representative in Oregon, so I’m going to be a politician and dance around your question a little bit. It’s a big bill and nobody fully understands it,” he commented.

“I’m running as a Republican, but the one thing the president says that I really like, he comes out and tells the GOP, ‘If you’ve got a better idea, bring it to me.’ And the GOP hasn’t done that. That’s the side I’m on. It creates a frustration. There’s still more dialog that needs to be done on that topic.”

He did a little politico tap dancing, but whattaya think Oregon, is Sonnen gonna make it to your House?

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