HoopsHype Chris Dudley rumors
Chris Dudley, a former professional basketball player who was the 2010 Republican candidate for Oregon governor, said Saturday he's moving to the San Diego area and leaving behind his short career in Oregon politics. Dudley's wife, also named Chris, has a business opportunity in the area, he told The Oregonian. He declined to describe the opportunity. Dudley played for 16 years in the NBA including two stints with the Portland Trailblazers and has lived in Lake Oswego, outside Portland, since 2003. In his 2010 campaign for governor, Dudley spent heavily but lost by 1.5 percentage points to Democrat John Kitzhaber. It was the closest any Republican has come to winning the office in decades. "Frankly, she's been following my lead for 15 years whether it's through the NBA or having your husband run for governor," Dudley said of his wife. "And I want to follow what makes sense for my wife and my family." MyNews4.com
John Canzano: Chris Dudley is courtside with his kid, who is wearing a Kevin Love jersey. Said Duds: "He's known him since he was real little." Asked Dudley's kid if he wished dad would have won the governor's race. Kid: "Would have been great, but now he can coach all my teams." Twitter
Yet the Yale-educated diabetes advocate, who seemed to be a political novelty when he announced his campaign, still gets a glint in his eye when the discussion turns to politics. The loss — by a single percentage point — left Dudley and his family battered, but not defeated. He’s staying involved in the Republican Party and some hope he will run for political office again. In the most detailed interview since the race, Dudley and his wife, Chris Love Dudley, tell The Oregonian they haven’t ruled out the possibility of another campaign, although when and for what office is far from decided. The Bulletin
Former NBA center Chris Dudley was 16 when he exhibited the classic signs of Type 1 diabetes. "I was incredibly thirsty and going to the bathroom all of the time," said Dudley. His uncle, a diabetic, recognized what was going on, and after a home test kit showed Dudley's blood sugar was sky high, he went to the hospital. "I was scared because I didn't know what diabetes was," recalled Dudley, who went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA. The first question he asked his doctor was if he'd be OK; the second was whether he'd be able to play basketball. Los Angeles Times
Republican Chris Dudley was maintaining a modest lead over Democrat John Kitzhaber in Oregon's governor race as the midnight hour approached, but many votes in heavily Democratic Multnomah County as well as other parts of the state remained to be counted. Dudley had 49.4 percent of the vote to Kitzhaber's 47.7 percent at 11:30 p.m. With votes counted for 52.3 percent of registered voters, Dudley had 530,914 votes and Kitzhaber had 512,726 votes. Portland Tribune
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