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    Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    AP - MONTGOMERY, Ala. - 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, known as the Round Mound of Rebound. "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.

    Barkley said his immediate goal is to get his 17-year-old daughter through high school and into college. Then he plans to decide on his future, including whether to run for governor.

    "I say welcome Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley has been a Horatio Alger story for many people, not only in sports but in business and broadcasting," Joe Turnham, Alabama's Democratic Party chairman, said Wednesday.

    But Jim Seroka, a political science professor at Auburn University, said the former Auburn basketball star is getting ahead of himself. "He doesn't have any of the bases necessary to run a statewide campaign," Seroka said.

    The head of the state GOP said she has no idea whether Barkley is serious when talking about a future race for governor as a Democrat. "To be governor requires more than a publicity stunt. It requires real leadership," said Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.

    Barkley is eyeing a job that has had more than its share of scandal, with criminal convictions against two of the last four people elected to the office. Former Gov. Don Siegelman was convicted of government corruption charges last month, and Guy Hunt was forced to step down as governor in 1993 when he was convicted of an ethics violation.

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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    Wow, I bet the guy who's claim to fame is telling kids "I am not a role model" would make an intelligent and legit governor. Next on the sideshow is the 3 legged woman, move along please :roll:
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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    Wow.. Is he serious?

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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    I don't want my governor to have thrown people through bar windows.

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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    I wonder if Jesse Ventura threw people through bar windows?
    "Johnson, we will keep on beating them until morale improves."

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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    "oddmanout22287" wrote:
    Wow, I bet the guy who's claim to fame is telling kids "I am not a role model" would make an intelligent and legit governor. Next on the sideshow is the 3 legged woman, move along please :roll:
    I remember that quote. What a tool.

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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    I'd vote for him :lol:

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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    Saw him last week on NFL channel. He was at a charity golf outing.
    Sounded like he had been to the 19th hole!
    He might need to tone that down a little if he's serious.
    “What takes a quarterback to the next level is not arm strength or mobility or any of that stuff. It’s the ability to play on critical downs. Manage third downs, or red zones or four-minute or two-minute situations"
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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    I am not a role model.

    I want to be your governor.

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    Re: Charles Barkley considers run for Alabama govenor

    I think he is just bored now. Maybe he should join Nascar

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