Hell, I’d vote for him:
Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has changed his political uniform from red to blue and is talking again about running for governor of Alabama, possibly in 2010.
“Alabama, that’s my home. I’m thinking about running for governor; they need the help,” Barkley said.
Barkley, a Leeds native, has been talking about running for governor of his home state since he was playing with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. In 1995, he said he was considering running in 1998 as a Republican but that never materialized.
After that, Barkley continued to identify himself as a Republican until recently, when he switched to the Democratic team.
“I was a Republican until they lost their minds,” he said earlier this month at a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada.
“Sir Charles” reinforced that Tuesday while speaking to a convention of public school board members in Destin, Fla.
“What I’ve said is I’m rich like a Republican. But I’m not one,” Barkley said in remarks reported by The Birmingham News.
Can you imagine kids 50 years from now reading about Governor Barkley in their history books?