New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has a priority this year even bigger than getting a winning season for his football team: putting Mitt Romney in the White House.
Johnson is the New York campaign chairman for the GOP nominee, and, when he appeared on Bloomberg’s Market Makers show, he was asked by the host if Mitt Romney is a bigger priority for him than the Jets.
“Well, I think so,” the New York Jets owner responded. “You always have to put country first, so I think it’s very, very important, not only for us but for particularly our kids and grandkids, that this election come off with Mitt Romney and Ryan as president and vice president.”
The New York Jets owner touched on other topics during the interview including whether the team’s backup quarterback Tim Tebow should replace the struggling Mark Sanchez. Johnson was less decisive on this question, The Fifth Down, a New York Times NFL blog, noted.
“It’s a question that’s going to be asked more frequently if this progresses,” the New York Jets owner said of the team’s embarrassing blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. “This is unacceptable playing. We failed in all three areas: offense, defense, special teams. We let our fans down.”
While Johnson didn’t outright say that Tebow could be taking over, he did imply that there could be some changes for the disappointing team.
“The coach and the coaches and I are not happy with what happened yesterday. And the players aren’t either,” Johnson said. “That performance is absolutely unacceptable.”
The football plans of the New York Jets owner may not be well-known, but his political passion certainly is, noted the Yahoo! Sports blog Shutdown Corner. Last November, the New York Post reported that, since 2009, he has given more than $100,000 to Republican candidate.
But, with Mitt Romney falling far behind in the polls and the football team struggling, the New York Jets owner might not have to worry about choosing between a winning team and a Romney presidency. He’ll be getting neither.