Politicians grab political football, run with it

September 26, 2012

By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times

Finally, Republicans and Democrats have found grounds for bipartisan agreement: It’s time to get the regular referees back on the field for the NFL.

President Obama, who didn’t find much time to meet one-on-one with any foreign leaders at the United Nations this week, did catch up on the infamous Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, saying a questionable last-second touchdown call shows why the league needs to get back the regular refs, who are locked out by the owners in nasty labor dispute.

Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsinite whose Packers were on the wrong end of the call, agreed — though he couldn’t resist a shot at the president, too. The replacement refs’ performance “reminds me of President Obama and the economy,” Mr. Ryan told an Ohio campaign rally. “If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out.”

Some pols are doing more than griping.

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, said Tuesday that he would introduce legislation banning the NFL from using replacement refs at games in his state. That would affect New York Giants and New York Jets games played in New Jersey.

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