Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Ben Nighthorse Campbell could have just as easily been on last week's RCS Top 10 Most Athletic Democrats. Having begun his career a Democratic congressman, he ended it as a Republican Senator. Somewhere in between, Campbell, the 1964 Olympic judo gold medalist, had a run-in with an unfortunate mugger that secured his spot on this list.
On March 23, 1991, the AP reported:
Representative Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado fought off a mugger as he was returning to his apartment from a grocery store on Wednesday night. Mr. Campbell, a 57-year-old Democrat who was a member of the 1964 United States Olympic judo team, said the brief fistfight had ended with his being outsprinted as he chased the mugger down the street. Mr. Campbell tore ligaments in one ankle and wound up on crutches but said he was happy that his assailant had not made off with the peanut butter and jelly that the Congressman had been carrying.