There’s an interesting article over at CBS Sportsline that delves a bit more into Matt Lindland’s decision to run for Oregon state representative. He’s running as a Republican under the standard Republican “too much government intrusion in our lives is a bad thing” platform (unless of course you’re talking about what you’re allowed to do in your bedroom or what happens to you if you’re deemed a security threat … then there’s no such thing as too MUCH government intrusion).
While Lindland admitted he has absolutely no experience whatsoever in ‘real’ politics, the article lays out Matt’s past run-ins with ‘work politics':
One thing you can say for Lindland, he’s never been the type to remain silent in the face of a perceived injustice.
Before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Lindland filed a lawsuit to ensure that his spot on the U.S. Wrestling team wasn’t unfairly given away due to a scoring error. After entering the world of MMA, he created waves in the UFC when a title bout promised to Lindland was given instead to Rich Franklin without explanation.
Lindland would later be released from his UFC contract for wearing an unapproved sponsor logo to a weigh-in — a move recognized by the sport’s insiders as little more than a convenient excuse for getting rid of the man who refused to toe the company line.
While being so outspoken and eager to challenge authority might have made Lindland’s athletic career more difficult than most, he believes the same attributes will make him an effective legislator.
Let’s hope that foray into ‘real’ politics will redirect all that argumentative shit he does which has tended to sabotage his fight career over the years.