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Barkley Shooting for Governor’s Post in Alabama

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

“Sir Charles” in charge: Barkley may follow Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura as an athlete-entertainer elected to public office.

He wasn’t always known for his coolheaded leadership skills during his 16-year NBA career, but now, after almost 10 years off the court, Charles Barkley is apparently gearing up to compete in the political arena, telling the New York Daily News that he aims to run for governor of Alabama in a few years.

Rush & Molloy in the New York Daily News:

“I’m planning to run for governor of Alabama in 2014,” he told us, adding that he’s an independent. “I have to live there for seven years; I bought my house there last year. I have homes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, but Alabama needs more help.”

So, while he’s getting ready for his gubernatorial run, is there a job in the Obama administration that he’d like?

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By dale Headley, September 4, 2008 at 6:28 am Link to this comment
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Better yet: let’s have Barkley replace Sarah Palin when she is forced to withdraw. He is a far more intelligent and thoughtful person.  Wait a minute, he can’t do that; not because he’s a Democrat, but because he’s black.  If as the McCain campaign chairman, Rick Davis, boasts:  “McCain can win without black votes,” I guess he can win without a black vice presidential nominee.

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By voice of truth, September 3, 2008 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

The former Round Mound of Rebound would never be in an Obama administration, as the article suggests, because he is a Republican.  I guess its just the reflex of the typical racists in the Dimocrat Party who have always taken the black vote for granted, yet doled out only despair and deperation for generations.  Sir Charles has been talking about running for Governor of Alabama for years and years (he played college ball at Auburn).

My favorite Barkley quote:  When asked by his grandmother why he wanted to be a Republican, since they were only out for the rich, Charles replied, “gramma, I am rich.”  Loved it.

And I agree with another poster about the hatred being poured at this man, when clearly no one posting so far has any idea what he stands for.

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By MC Pickard, September 2, 2008 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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What does Barkley stand for? What are his values?

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By Alejandro, August 31, 2008 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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You’re a great color commentator Chuck; no pun intended. You keep people tuned into a bad basketball game because of your humorous, yet honest observations. On second thought, Palin for V.P; naw, ain’t gonna happen. Stick to your day job Chuck. You are joking arn’t you. Hehehehhe…

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By tres, August 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm Link to this comment

tyler, your point well taken. You mean to elect a dumb ass would be better and less damage to the country. But look at President Bush. Being dumb did not really help. When did a straight shooter (code word for talking out of his ass?) is *the* qualification to be a governor?

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By mackTN, August 30, 2008 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

I have relatives in Alabama and believe me, Barkeley would be a breath of fresh air.  That state is still among the most racist I’ve ever been in.  All the judges are white men whose point of view is predictable.  I can’t see Barkley tolerating the jim crow institution that rules there to this day.

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By tyler, August 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t understand all the backlash on this site against mr. barkley.  if anyone has heard him speak he/she would know that he is a very straight shooter, no bull.  he’s also far more in touch with the common working class than anyone in an elected position currently.  sure he might not be as learned as some of the arrogant asses on this site, and sure he’s far from perfect, but take a look at whos been running your country for the last 40-50 years, a bunch of arrogant, corrupt asses.  i’m not saying i would vote for him if i had the chance, but i’m not saying i wouldn’t either.  i also think the fact that he is independant is brilliant, the two party system you have in the states is a complete joke.  take a look at your current president ‘retards’, you elected into office a complete buffoon, twice.  nice work america, sir charles would be an improvement to your ridiculous excuse for a government.

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By McBean, August 29, 2008 at 10:04 am Link to this comment
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McCain was going to put him in the VP spot but needed someone with more experience.

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By KPinSEA, August 29, 2008 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

[found the Barkley quote buried in the Theron story ... curse you lack of Edit feature, come on Truthdig]

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By KPinSEA, August 29, 2008 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

Well, I’m not sure Sir Charles is the best qualified person for this job .... but he’s at least as qualified as the editor who provided a link here to a Charlize Theron story instead of the correct story at the Daily News .......

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By sns, August 29, 2008 at 4:24 am Link to this comment
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Idiocracy here we come!

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By Big B, August 29, 2008 at 3:58 am Link to this comment

He would be the perfect representative for the dim state of Alabama. They go together like “peasand carrots!”

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By G, August 29, 2008 at 12:18 am Link to this comment
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That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.  Charles Barkley is a moron who isn’t qualified to be a crossing guard, let alone governor. 

George Manuelian
Atherton, CA

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By tres, August 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

this just proves it again, we are a nation of retards. Even this donkey thinks he could get elected, and he might be right.

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