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Politician’s claim as tallest might be a stretch

/ 03:25 PM March 31, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. — It didn’t take long for a New York City councilman’s claim that he’s the world’s tallest male politician to draw some challenges.

Robert Cornegy, Jr.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, awards N.Y. City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr. the Guinness World Record’s tallest male politician, Wednesday March 27, 2019, at City Hall in New York. Image: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 (208 centimeter) councilman from Brooklyn, was certified by Guinness World Records in January and honored for the distinction this week at a City Hall ceremony.

Robert Cornegy, Jr.

Reporter Kimberly Richardson stands on a chair to interview New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr., after he was awarded the Guinness World Record’s for tallest male politician, Wednesday March 27, 2019, at City Hall in New York. Image: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

But North Dakota’s insurance commissioner, Jon Godfread, quickly stepped forward to say he will contest the title. Godfread, who played basketball at the University of Northern Iowa and played professionally in Germany, says he’s 6-11¾ (212 centimeters).

Jon Godfread

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread poses for a portrait at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Thursday, March 28, 2019. Godfread, who claims he is 6-foot-11 3/4 inches, is challenging New York City councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 councilman from Brooklyn’s claim of being the tallest male politician in the world. Image: AP Photo/James MacPherson

Brad Sellers, a former Ohio State and Chicago Bulls star listed at 7 feet (213 centimeters), also says he has a claim. Sellers is the mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio.


Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming could top them all. Yao is a delegate in the advisory body to China’s National People’s Congress. He is listed at 7-feet-6 (228.6-centimeters).

Godfread says he didn’t know “being a tall politician was a thing.” NVG


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