Former NFL player Brock Olivo of Hermann, Mo., gave a great example of how newcomers should NOT enter the political arena without doing at least a little bit of homework. Video shot by Jason Rosenbaum of the Columbia Tribune has a hilarious series of comments by Olivo, one of many running to fill the seat of U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof.
Olivo is asked what makes him qualified to serve in Congress and his first response is "because I’m here." Reporters follow up with questions about his top issues. "I don’t know," Olivo said, adding that his mid-February candidate announcement was just the "beginning stage" of the campaign.
Olivo’s most unforgettable comment is that he could do a good job in Congress because — although he’s best known as a football player, he was in social studies class too.
When asked if he considers himself a conservative Republican, Olivo says "I’m a Republican for now."
Although this was the first chance for Olivo to talk about his run, it has not been his only chance to make an impression on voters. In another interview, Olivo does not challenge reports that he has never voted in an election. "I’m a recovering apathetic …" Olivo said.