Charles Barkley Alabama Governor Candidate
NBA Hall of Famer and TV sensation Charles Barkley is getting much attention for his pledge to run for governor of his home state of Alabama in 2014.
When asked if he was serious, the former Philadelphia 76er said, “I am, I can’t screw up Alabama.” He added that his native state could only improve. “We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren’t going anywhere,” Barkley said.
That’s funny, if not statistically accurate. It’s probably not going to win him a lot of votes in the Yellowhammer State, either. “THANK GOD FOR MISSISSIPPI” makes for a funny bumper sticker but it’s not a great campaign slogan.
It seems that he’s switched parties:
Barkley, who had once considered running for governor as a Republican in the 1990s but is now supporting Barack Obama for president, had choice words for his former party. “Listen, John McCain, you gotta respect anybody who goes to war. But these Republicans who ran this economy into the ground,” he said. “We’ve got to end the war in Iraq and we got to stop giving rich people like myself and people who run big companies tax breaks. We’ve got to do that.”
He accused Republicans of using race as an issue in this year’s campaign by talking about terrorists and Muslims.”We’ve had eight terrible years under the Bush’s administration, with the war in Iraq,” he said. “I’ve said it from the beginning. The only way they can win this election is make it about race. That’s the only way they can win.”
Amusingly, this is the guy who allegedly had a conversation like this with his grandmother back in the day: “How can you vote for the Republicans? They’re just looking out for the rich people!” “Grandma, I AM rich.”
While Barkley is an amusing character, he’s been talking about running for governor of Alabama for years — always putting the actual candidacy well into the future. Indeed, it seems like only two years ago that Sir Charles was seriously considering running in 2010.