Senator John McCain is announcing today that he wants President Obama to issue a pardon for Jack Johnson, the "Galveston Giant" who ruled boxing's heavyweight division in the early 20th Century and was convicted of transporting a woman across state lines to get him some.
Because McCain is all about the sex.
No, actually, McCain says he thinks -- like a lot of people do -- that Johnson's arrest was racially motivated.
The AP reports: "I've been a very big fight fan, I was a mediocre boxer myself," McCain, R-Ariz., said in a telephone interview. "I had admired Jack Johnson's prowess in the ring. And the more I found out about him, the more I thought a grave injustice was done."
He's joined by Rep. Peter King, a fellow Republican. Where's Pete Olson on this?
Johnson was born in Galveston and grew up there until his teens, when he left to make his way with his fists.
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He brought a scientific approach to his bouts. He won the first "Fight of the Century," against Jim Jeffries, in 1910. (According to wikipedia, the pre-bout entertainment included a band playing a song called "All Coons Look Alike to Me.")
Johnson's been immortalized in the James Earl Jones movie The Great White Hope and in the Ken Burns documentary Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.
Burns is also pushing for a presidential pardon.
No word yet on whether John Cornyn or Kay Bailey Hutchison are on board.