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Charles Barkley may run in 2010
The Birmingham News ^ | Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | CHARLES J. DEAN

Posted on 07/26/2006 6:04:16 AM PDT by Condor 63

DESTIN, Fla. - Charles Barkley, declaring himself a Democrat, said Tuesday he is seriously considering a run for governor of Alabama, maybe as early as 2010.

The Leeds native and former Auburn University and NBA basketball star has teased for years about pursuing the state's highest office, but he told about 900 public school board members from across the Southeast that he's moving toward a decision on the matter.

"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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; athletes; barkley; charlesbarkley; democrat; nba
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1 posted on 07/26/2006 6:04:16 AM PDT by Condor 63
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To: Condor 63

He apparently does not have a self esteem problem. But he does have a competency problem.


2 posted on 07/26/2006 6:05:33 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Condor 63

Sad, when your pro career is over and you still need attention.........


3 posted on 07/26/2006 6:06:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Condor 63
He will make a good self-important, lame brained, worthless, DEM.
4 posted on 07/26/2006 6:06:22 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: bmwcyle

incidentally, he's not the kind of democrat you're used to...


5 posted on 07/26/2006 6:07:07 AM PDT by Libertarian4Bush (the underwear goes UNDER the pants! that's why they call it under-******-wear!)
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To: Condor 63
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.

War, illegal immigration, and culture aren't important issues? It sounds like Mr. Barkely is the one that is full of it.

6 posted on 07/26/2006 6:07:42 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Condor 63

So when did he switch parties?


7 posted on 07/26/2006 6:07:53 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Condor 63

For some reason I thought I heard years ago that he was a Republican. But I guess not. Well... I don't know what he's going to be good for. If the war in Iraq and illegal immigration don't matter, I can't imagine what does.


8 posted on 07/26/2006 6:07:58 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Condor 63

If I'm not mistaken, Barkley is one of the biggest racists around. That might not play well in AL, even counting for his popularity from playing at Auburn.


9 posted on 07/26/2006 6:08:20 AM PDT by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: Condor 63

Funny, I thought he was a Republican. Was he at one time?


10 posted on 07/26/2006 6:08:23 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Condor 63
stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration

Oh, do tell us, Sir Charles, what -IS- important on your planet?

11 posted on 07/26/2006 6:08:35 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Libertarian4Bush

What kind is he?


12 posted on 07/26/2006 6:08:43 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: A_perfect_lady

He was a republican. I even remember when he out debated Michael Savage on either FOX or CNN.


13 posted on 07/26/2006 6:09:25 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Condor 63
Barkley has been a Republican and a friend of Rush Limbaugh for years.

If he is now calling himself a Democrat, it must mean that he has spent all his money, and now needs to get a job.
14 posted on 07/26/2006 6:09:25 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Condor 63
I'd prefer Gnarls Barkley.


15 posted on 07/26/2006 6:09:50 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: Condor 63

What is important Charles,the NBA and that cast of hoodlums?Is this the same Barkley who also said he was a Republican,OJ was guilty,blacks have bad or nonexistent parenting,spit on a little girl as a player,etc.?If so then it sounds like he would make a great democrat.


16 posted on 07/26/2006 6:09:52 AM PDT by chrismich2610 (murha to run with hugo chavez)
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To: Condor 63

Hey, I thought he was NOT a role model.


17 posted on 07/26/2006 6:10:01 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Condor 63

Would be fun to watch.

He'd put his foot in his mouth at every campaign stop.


18 posted on 07/26/2006 6:10:05 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: bmwcyle

certainly not a party-line dem. there's a cosby streak in him... not sure how much that will or won't matter as a governor, vs. being a representative or senator tho...


19 posted on 07/26/2006 6:10:38 AM PDT by Libertarian4Bush (the underwear goes UNDER the pants! that's why they call it under-******-wear!)
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To: 2banana

Heh.


21 posted on 07/26/2006 6:10:58 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: A_perfect_lady
For some reason I thought I heard years ago that he was a Republican.

He was. He said way back in the early 90's he wanted to run for governor of Alabama some day as a Republican. One of his best quotes was when he told his grandmother about it and she said, "Oh, you don't want to be a Republican, they're for the rich!" Barkley replied, "Grandma, I am the rich."

Guess all the anti-Bush propaganda finally drove him away, but I expect he would be a conservative Democrat and not a moonbat.

22 posted on 07/26/2006 6:11:40 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Pukin Dog
If he is now calling himself a Democrat, it must mean that he has spent all his money, and now needs to get a job.

That is not how a broke Dem thinks. When broke, they usally look for a handout.

23 posted on 07/26/2006 6:13:56 AM PDT by uptoolate (Eph 6:24)
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To: Condor 63

Barkley use to hang around with Rush, and Mr.Limbaugh had indicated that Barkley was a conservative. Imagine my surprise when I saw Barkley at a North Carolina rally for the breck girl. From Rush Limbaugh to the slip-and-fall, ambulance chasing, leftist RAT and premier phony, john edwards. That's like supporting Bill Buckley on one day and licking stalins feet on another. I think this Barkley guy is strange, as bizarre politically as he was on the basketball court.


24 posted on 07/26/2006 6:13:57 AM PDT by AdvisorB (For a terrorist bodycount in hamistan, let the smoke clear then count the ears and divide by 2.)
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To: Red Badger

24 hour basketball.


25 posted on 07/26/2006 6:14:24 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: 2banana
He 's not a role model

and come to think about it I'd rather my kid not to pick anybody who runs for office as a role model
26 posted on 07/26/2006 6:15:05 AM PDT by grjr21
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To: Paleo Conservative

He's dribbling........


27 posted on 07/26/2006 6:15:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Condor 63

God save Alabama. What's next, Dennis Rodman as mayor of Las Vegas?


28 posted on 07/26/2006 6:15:31 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Mr. Jeeves

There's something about the guy I just can't help liking. Maybe the fact that he is willing to say what is on his mind. Even if I don't agree, it beats the pre-digested verbiage that comes out of most politicians' mouths.


29 posted on 07/26/2006 6:15:55 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Condor 63

From Wikepe, no Wikoepoe, no Wikepedi, ah hell, it's that online encyclopedia:

"During an altercation in a bar in 1997, Barkley threw 20-year-old Jorge Lugo through a plate-glass window. When interviewed by police Barkley reportedly quipped "I regret we weren't on a higher floor.""

Great stuff!


30 posted on 07/26/2006 6:16:11 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Paleo Conservative

he was never a pubbie said only to get ATTENTION, cheated on his wife MULTIPLE times, fat loser and always SCREAMED the race card and his wife was white(which I have no problem)trashed Dubya and any every other GOP member when the cameras were running about what was wrong with GOP party but never offered any solutions, PISS ON THE ROUND MOUND!!!!!!!


31 posted on 07/26/2006 6:16:35 AM PDT by dubyawhoiluv
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To: Red Badger

OOOOOHHH-OOOOOOOOHHHHH-OOOOOOOHHHHHHH-I Got A Basset.....

Now THAT was funny. Good job my freind.


32 posted on 07/26/2006 6:16:52 AM PDT by uptoolate (Eph 6:24)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Well, if he is going to be a Democrat, I hope you're right and he isn't a moonbat. Still... illegal immigration not important? War in Iraq not important? Hmm... my hopes for him are not high right now.


33 posted on 07/26/2006 6:17:42 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Condor 63
declaring himself a democrat

He fits the mold perfectly


34 posted on 07/26/2006 6:17:47 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: dubyawhoiluv

Do you think he might have a fund raiser featuring dwarf tossing?


35 posted on 07/26/2006 6:19:06 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Condor 63
...want to argue over stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration.

Charles, stick to bouncing balls, will ya.

36 posted on 07/26/2006 6:19:14 AM PDT by Obadiah (Liberals: Blazingly Stupid!)
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To: Condor 63
I thought he was a republican. Who got to him? I remember a story about his mother asking him why he supported republicans. Didn't he know that republicans were rich people? I understood he told his mama, "Mom, I AM rich. If he runs as a RAT, I won't be voting for him, even if he is from Auburn.
37 posted on 07/26/2006 6:21:35 AM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ Thanks for putting our boys in harms way, Rep. Murtha, you treasonous jack@ss!)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
More Wiki goodies:

"In 2000, Barkley wrote the foreword for Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly's book "The Life of Reilly." In it Barkley quipped, "Of all the people in sports I'd like to throw through a plate glass window, Reilly's not one of them. It's a shame though, skinny white boy looks real aerodynamic."

"Although many fans believed Barkley's candor made him one of the NBA's most lovable players, his behavior occasionally backed up his claims, like in a game in the 1991-92 season where he spat on a 9-year old girl in Philadelphia"

In an interview with ESPN's Trey Wingo on May 3, 2006, Barkley revealed that he has lost approximately $10 million through gambling.

38 posted on 07/26/2006 6:21:41 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Constitution Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VCWJVvE0Fk&search=%20Gnarls%20Barkley


39 posted on 07/26/2006 6:24:04 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Condor 63
If nothing else he should run just for the entertainment factor

Some of his more famouse Quotes
40 posted on 07/26/2006 6:24:42 AM PDT by grjr21
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To: Jemian
I thought he was a republican.

Well, he'll say anything for attention like McCain...and gambles as well as Bill Bennett.

41 posted on 07/26/2006 6:25:26 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Izzy Dunne
stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration

Actually he is right on the money here, these should not be topics for debate since they are all cut and dry, gay marriage is wrong, the war was right, and illegal immigration must stop.

When we take our political stances from the letter behind a name we lose sight of what is right and wrong.

42 posted on 07/26/2006 6:25:53 AM PDT by usmcobra (If we take our political stance from a letter behind a name we lose sight of what is right and wrong)
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To: Paleo Conservative
So when did he switch parties?

That part is a stone cold lie. He has said he was a Republican in the past, and I know because I heard him say so myself. LOL

43 posted on 07/26/2006 6:27:48 AM PDT by Condor 63
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To: Republican Wildcat

Let me guess, his priorities will be free college, low cost housing for all, health care for all........the usual democrat empty rhetoric. And throw in Kyoto too for good measure.


44 posted on 07/26/2006 6:31:48 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Condor 63
Charles Barkley, declaring himself a Democrat, said Tuesday he is seriously considering a run for governor of Alabama, maybe as early as 2010.

Barkley's a Democrat? Too bad. I always thought he had some brains. Guess not.

45 posted on 07/26/2006 6:42:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Sweet. Thanks!

I Tivo'ed some late night show with them on a while back; they were all performing in caps and gowns. LOL.


46 posted on 07/26/2006 6:44:24 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: Condor 63

I would love to see him in a debate...

The problem is that he cold probably get elected...being an Auburn grad he will automatically get all of those votes.


47 posted on 07/26/2006 6:45:49 AM PDT by jrestrepo
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To: Condor 63

Personal experience: Two years I had the opportunity to play golf (if you can call it that) with Charles. First I'm a middle aged white man. Charles was a pure pleasure. Funny, smart, politically informed and knowledgeable, and most of all - honest. The man played by the rules and called penalties on himself throughout the round. "hey I'm taking a drop over here - stroke on me".

I liked him.

Who knows what the future holds - this might be simply a money play for him.

He's smart - no one can convince me otherwise.


48 posted on 07/26/2006 6:52:21 AM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: Condor 63; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; JohnnyZ; Clemenza; Torie; Kuksool; Theodore R.

Barkley sells out to the slave party, film at 11.


49 posted on 07/26/2006 6:55:35 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: Condor 63

BTW, is he so stupid that he thinks the ALABAMA Democrat Party would nominate a BLACK man for Governor ?


50 posted on 07/26/2006 6:56:40 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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