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Keeping it for Real with BJ Penn 

Posted February 26, 2022 (JST)

BJ Penn is a legendary BJJ artist and MMA champion. Does he have what it takes to be a winner in the cut-throat, free-for-all that is American politics? Which basically makes the UFC look like Disneyland in comparison? 

Robert Drysdale comments below.

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On October 5th 2021, former lightweight and welterweight UFC champion BJ Penn announced that he is running for Governor of Hawaii in the upcoming October 2022 elections.

In a post on Instagram dated October 18 2021, he states regarding his candidature: 

"People have been telling me good luck on my new career, I just want to make it clear to everyone that this is not my new career. I am not going to take any money for this and I will do this for one 4 year term, I am not here to be a career criminal, I mean a career politician. I will step in to "huli" [turn over] the system and do what needs to be done."

BJ then promises to return back to his people and not continue a career as politician.

Preemptively, Bj Penn predicts that his political opponents will use his past street brawls and his legal case with his ex-wife to attempt to discredit his political aspirations and that they will accuse him of lack of political experience.

Running on the Republican platform, BJ enjoys wide popularity in Hawaii and has been a vocal advocate against the Covid-19 mask mandate in Hawaii. Having known BJ for over 23 years I vouch that no one who knows him can doubt his heart and love for the Hawaiian people, not to mention his love for a good fight for what he believes in.

The greater issue here is, will the Hawaiian people trust BJ and his lack of political experience to become their new Governor? BJ, in the same Instagram post, reminds us that even though he may not have any experience as a politician, that he is a successful businessman and plans on siding with the little guy who has suffered the most from the restrictions deriving from the Covid-19 Pandemic.

As a fan and friend of BJ, I truly wish him the best in his new political venture and that he may be successful in his new journey battling for that which he loves. But above all, we hope that the Hawaiian nation has a strong leader willing to put up a fight for what is right, with wisdom, courage and integrity. The three qualities politicians are most lacking in. 

Good luck BJ!

Sincerely, 

Robert Drysdale

 

Classic Interview with BJJ Penn from 2001.

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