The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 July 2006

Sir Charles contemplates Montgomery

Charles Barkley, governor of Alabama? Looks like he's considering a run:

Barkley said his first order of business is getting his 17-year-old daughter through high school and into college, then he will turn his full attention to deciding on his future.

"I'm serious," Barkley said. "I've got to get people to realize that the government is full of it. Republicans and Democrats want to argue over stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration. They push those issues because they play well on TV and because they deceive people. When I run — if I run — we're going to talk about real issues like improving our schools, cleaning up our neighborhoods of drugs and crime and making Alabama a better place for all people."

Barkley, a Democrat, has been making noises like this for years, but the time may be coming soon:

"I really believe I was put on Earth to do more than play basketball and stockpile money," he said. "I really want to help people improve their lives, and what's left is for me to decide how best to do that."

With this year's candidates already in place, the earliest Barkley could make a gubernatorial run is 2010.

Posted at 10:50 AM to Political Science Fiction

He'll take the black vote and a good chunk of the Auburn vote, and that might be enough to win. But it is difficult seeing any singly-focused Bama fan or alum voting for Sir Charles...

Posted by: Winston at 5:49 AM on 27 July 2006