Chris Dudley and 25 Famous Athlete Politicians

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Chris Dudley and 25 Famous Athlete Politicians

The guy previously known as being one of the worst free throw shooters and most disproportionately paid players in NBA history has cleared his first hurdle in an attempt to be a state governor.

Chris Dudley made $40 million over a 16-year career that ended with the Trail Blazers in 2003.

The 6'11" center averaged 3.9 and 6.2 rebounds per game in his time with the Cavs, Nets, Knicks, Suns and Blazers.

He planted roots in Oregon and has won the Republican nomination for governor. He'll face former Democratic governor John Kitzhaber.

Dudley joined another two other former athletes in the 2010 political waters. Shawn Bradley is running for the U.S. House in Utah. Former NFL offensive tackle Jon Runyan is running as a Republican for a House seat to represent New Jersey.

Dudley's chances for a win are solid and he's just the latest in a rich history of athletes shaking hands and kissing babies after turning in the jersey—some with more success than others.

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