Michele Tafoya left the sports broadcasting world after Super Bowl LVI, and announced her new job as campaign co-chair for GOP gubernatorial candidate Kendall Qualls.
Tafoya explained her decision to leave NBC Sports and to get involved in politics on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“This has been on my mind. I’ve been waking up every day with a palpable pull at my gut. My middle-ground, … moderate viewpoint is not being represented to the rest of the world. And so rather than, you know, just banging it out on Twitter or Instagram every day – I thought – I’ve got to do something. I have benefited greatly from the American dream, and I feel like for the sake of my kids and because I so love this country, I’ve got to start giving back,” she said.
Tafoya told Carlson that she is unafraid of the repercussions of what she says.
“I don’t care if I’m attacked. I really am not afraid of that, and I guess I feel like so many people now are afraid. Yeah. And I’m not. Listen, I know there are repercussions for whatever I choose to say. And I’ve talked to my kids’ school about it. You know, please don’t hold this against my kids. I’m speaking for me. I’m speaking for my family. But please don’t hold this against my kids.”
The recent announcement made headlines, much like her appearance on The View where Tafoya shared her opinions on everything from COVID vaccine mandates to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Once those comments came out, Tafoya was not on the NFL sidelines for three games in a row, sparking rumors she’d been suspended by NBC. However, Tafoya says when the NFL schedule came out in late spring, she got to choose three games off during the season. She chose cold weather games in open stadiums.