Outta the Ballpark

Posted May 30, 2008 at 1:45pm

Clay Lightfoot has a life goal of melding two passions: sports and politics.

“My dream would be to be on talk radio, and do a sports and politics talk-radio show,” Lightfoot told Climbers.

[IMGCAP(1)]“I would love to talk about Pittsburgh sports … and go back and forth between talking about them and talking about politics,” he continued. “It’s kind of a tough mix. I’m going to put them together, though.”

Climbers can imagine how that would go. “Currently up to bat for a stronger health care system is Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, with Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle on deck to drive home the Democrats’ point of view …”

Meanwhile, as he waits for his talk-radio career to take off, Lightfoot

recently began playing the position of staff assistant for Team Republican on Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) field.

“He’s the best one to work for,” Lightfoot said of Coburn.

[IMGCAP(2)]Before coming to Coburn’s office, Lightfoot, 23, was an intern at the Heritage Foundation. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2007. He is originally from Edmond, Okla.

Lightfoot is keeping up his sports skills by playing for Coburn’s softball team — the “Oklahomeruns” — this season.

Maybe he can announce the play-by-play.

Evan Seinberg is the second new addition to Coburn’s office, having started on March 3 as the Senator’s legislative aide for health policy.

Seinberg also worked at the Heritage Foundation, where he helped with domestic policy research for two years. He is a 2006 graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He majored in political science.

“It’s been fantastic. [Coburn] is a great man, and I’ve really been enjoying working for him,” said Seinberg, 24. “Long-term, I would love to go back to Pittsburgh, actually, which is where I’m from.”

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