Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Charles Barkley Eyes Run For Governor

July 28th, 2006

Basketball Hall-Of-Famer Considers 2010 Alabama Race, Saying GOP ‘Lost Their Minds’

Charles Barkley

Former basketball star Charles Barkley says he’s switched political teams from Republican to Democrat and is again talking about running for governor in his home state, possibly in 2010.

“I really believe I was put on Earth to do more than play basketball and stockpile money,” said Barkley, who started his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. “I really want to help people improve their lives, and what’s left is for me to decide how best to do that.”

Barkley, a Leeds native who has been an NBA analyst with cable network TNT since his 2000 retirement, has been talking about running for governor of Alabama since he was playing with the Phoenix Suns in the 1990s. In 1995, he said he was considering running in 1998 as a Republican, but that never materialized.

Barkley continued to identify himself as a Republican until recently, when he switched parties. “I was a Republican until they lost their minds,” he said earlier this month. More>>>


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