Laila Ali may be retired from boxing, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t take a few playful jabs at her opponents.
The athlete and former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant joined Reps. John FlemingJohn FlemingFreedom Caucus member to bring up bill on impeaching IRS chief GOP seeks to make it 52 Louisiana Senate race heads to runoff MORE (R-La.), Jim McDermottJim McDermottA record number of Indian Americans have been elected to Congress Levin will step down as top Democrat on Ways and Means House passes bill exempting some from ObamaCare mandate MORE (D-Wash.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeThe right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani Overnight Regulation: House passes GOP bill targeting last-minute Obama regs House passes bill targeting ‘midnight’ Obama regs MORE (D-Texas) and Gwen MooreGwen MooreLa. rep picked to lead Congressional Black Caucus Pelosi fends off challenge to leadership Lawmakers mourn Gene Wilder’s death MORE (D-Wis.) and Delegate Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands) to launch National Kidney Month last week at the Rayburn House Office Building. Ali is a spokeswoman for the American Kidney Fund.
And much like her legendary dad, Muhammad Ali, the 34-year-old former fighter has a knack for dissing her rivals, saying, “I miss boxing. I loved it while I was doing it, but there just wasn’t really much there left for me and there still isn’t now as far as competition. So I’m on to other things now.”
Ali says her dad, 70, doesn’t exactly keep tabs on her busy schedule, saying with a laugh that he “doesn’t have the time or energy to do that.” But she thinks he would approve of her taking the fight against kidney disease — which affects 31 million Americans — to Capitol Hill: “For the most part, my dad knows that whatever I’m doing is with integrity, it’s positive, and that I’m not going to embarrass him or let him down. So he’s happy about that.”