BJ Penn seems to be gaining assist from his fellow fighters in his quest to grow to be the subsequent governor of Hawaii.
The most recent fighter to throw his weight behind the previous champion is Nate Diaz, who, regardless of being uncertain what authorities workplace Penn was working for, inspired listeners to donate to his gubernatorial marketing campaign throughout a current look on The MMA Hour.
“I simply talked to BJ Penn earlier,” Diaz advised Ariel Helwani on the present. “Shoutout to BJ Penn. Let’s all vote for BJ Penn to be…uh…governor of Hawaii. Let’s all donate to my man BJ Penn. He’s doing fundraisers proper now or some shit like that. It don’t matter—I’m with BJ Penn.”
Penn formally introduced his intention to run for governor of Hawaii as Republican alongside 4 different GOP candidates in April with the goal of changing incumbent Democratic Governor David Ige, who’s term-limited and ineligible to run for a 3rd time period in workplace.
Penn joined the GOP after discovering his political fervor throughout the pandemic. The previous fighter spoke out towards masks mandates and vaccine restrictions, promising to carry them if elected governor. He has since voiced his assist for the second modification following the Robb Elementary College taking pictures whereas additionally asserting himself as “for all times” within the wake of the Supreme Court docket’s resolution to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Regardless of Penn’s inexperience and lack of marketing campaign targets or coverage framework, his resolution to run for workplace sparked elevated curiosity within the gubernatorial race. A current Civil Beat/Hawaii Information Now ballot places Penn in an in depth second to former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona with a big share of undecideds, suggesting that the previous UFC champion may win the Republican nomination within the coming weeks.