Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ex-Eagle Garry Cobb 'considering' run to seek House seat

Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb will run for Congress in South Jersey, seeking the seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J.), according to a report.

Ex-Eagle Garry Cobb 'considering' run to seek House seat

Former Eagles linebacker and current WIP radio co-host Garry Cobb is considering a  run for Congress. Back in 2002 he met with former president George W. Bush at Philadelphia International Airport. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP file photo)
Former Eagles linebacker and current WIP radio co-host Garry Cobb is considering a run for Congress. Back in 2002 he met with former president George W. Bush at Philadelphia International Airport. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP file photo)

UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect new information about Cobb's plans.

WASHINGTON -- Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb is considering a run for Congress in South Jersey, but has not made a firm decision to run, according to his close friend, Pat Breslin.

His comments contradict a statement from Camden County Republican Chairman Thomas Booth, who told WHYY's Web site Newsworks that Cobb was running for the seat soon-to-be vacated by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J).

"He didn’t say yes, but he’s seriously leaning towards running," Breslin, a committeeman in Bethlehem Township, Pa. said in an interview.

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Breslin said Cobb asked him to respond to messages the Inquirer left with former Eagle. Cobb will make a final decision in the next two weeks, Breslin said.

Booth did not immediately respond Thursday morning to a request for comment.

Breslin, who is active in Republican politics in Pennsylvania and has advised Cobb on his political prospects, said Cobb had previously considered running for the South Jersey seat now held by another ex-Eagle, U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), who is retiring from Congress.

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent spoke to Breslin about recruiting Cobb after Runyan announced that he would not run, Breslin said. Cobb had discussions with the Burlington County Republican party about the possibility. But Cobb lives in Cherry Hill and would have had to move to live in Runyan's district. He chose not to, said Bill Layton, the Burlington County GOP chairman.

"He did tell me he was absolutely interested in running for Congress," Layton said.

Cobb was also supportive of conservative candidate Steve Lonegan, who is seeking Runyan's seat, Breslin said.

Cobb, who played 11 years in the NFL, including three with the Eagles and is now a sports radio personality on WIP, could bring a burst of attention to the race where Democrats are heavily favored and likely to have a huge financial advantage.

"It's a Democratic (district), but as an open seat it definitely makes it attainable," Breslin said. "Anything can happen when you have an open seat."

Cobb also runs a sports Web site,

South Jersey's most prominent Democrats have already coalesced around state Sen. Donald Norcross, of Camden. The state Senator is the brother of George Norcross, a Democratic power broker and majority owner of the company that publishes the Inquirer and

Andrews announced his sudden resignation Tuesday.

The seat leans heavily Democratic. Andrews and Democratic presidential candidates routinely win more than 60 percent of the vote in the district. The district is centered on Camden County, and includes a handful of municipalities in Burlington and Gloucester counties.

No other candidates have entered the race since Andrews' surprising announcement, though others have said they are considering running.

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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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