August 4, 2009

Lou Holtz said to be mulling Congress run

Former college football coach and ESPN television analyst Lou Holtz is exploring a run for the U.S. Congress in Florida, Republican Party sources say.

Holtz has met with top party officials in Central Florida and is interested in challenging first-term Democratic incumbent Suzanne Kosmas, four unnamed GOP officials told Tuesday's Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel.

John Dowless, an Orlando Republican consultant, told the newspaper Holtz would be a shoo-in in a crowded GOP primary field of challengers lining up to face Kosmas.

You put him in the ring and it's all but over, he said. He's on TV, he's likable, the name ID is huge and people respect him enormously.

Holtz, who coached Notre Dame University to a national collegiate football championship in 1988, declined to comment, and ESPN spokesman Mike Humes said Holtz told us (Monday) that he is committed to ESPN.

The newspaper said Holtz, who lives in Lake Nona, Fla., has never run for office but is a steady contributor to the Republican Party, giving thousands of dollars to GOP candidates such as House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.