Charles Barkley Politician?


Barkley has joked for years about throwing his name in the political arena. It seems now that he’s seriously considering it. Remember during the DNC on TV ONE the commentator asked him about his supposed affiliation with the Republican party. He said that his words were taken out of context. Reportedly, he was telling his family member that they were “rich like Republicans.” Apparently from that statement word circulated that he was a conservative, a misnomer he’s quick to point out.

He points to 2014 to bid for the Governor’s position. Apparently, he can’t run until then citing some laws regarding his residential status in the state. Listen to what he told Campbell Brown on CNN about his run for office.

“Brown: So are you going to run for governor?

Barkley: I plan on it in 2014.

Brown: You are serious.

Barkley: I am, I can’t screw up Alabama.

Brown: There is no place to go but up in your view?

Barkley: We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren’t going anywhere.

Brown: And the top priority for you would be education?

Barkley: All the way education, the public school system in this country is the worst it has ever been and what that does is that hurts crime, it hurts the judicial system. You know if you don’t give people education and hope, they become criminals. They get involved in drugs. So we have got to fix the public school system. I think we need to make these neighborhoods safer. And the third thing, you have got to give people economic opportunity. America for far too long has a small group of people who have got all the money and then we got a bunch of poor people who have no money. And because we have killed the public school system they can’t get the education to make money and that is just not right.”

Hey if Jesse Ventura, & Arnold Schwarznegger can do it being former athletes & film or TV personalities, then why can’t Charles Barkley? He’s definitely going to be honest & straight forward which is a quality America sorely lacks from our political leaders. Moreover, Barkley with his candor, wit, and humility can attack the ‘bread & butter’ issues that affect everyday families.

Barkley, a breath of fresh air, whenever he speaks might just be what the people in his home state need. To say that he can help with race relations, poverty, education, and equal opportunity would be an understatement. Since, pro athletes enjoy universal appeal and adulation from a diverse group of people, his candidacy would be a step in the right direction.

Good luck Charles, you’ve always been my favorite player, and basketball personality because of your candor. You’re what the people need, believe it or not!


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