Nobody is a bigger Charles Barkley fan than I am. I loved him at Auburn and in the NBA. I love to watch him "tell it like it is" on TNT. And most of all, I love the way he supports Auburn. He never fails to give Auburn a plug on national television when given the opportunity.
But the news that Sir Charles is considering a run for the state house in 2010 is craziness. Yesterday Barkley commented to a group of 900 school board member from across the South, "Alabama, that's my home. I'm thinking about running for governor; they need the help," Barkley said. "If it wasn't for Arkansas and Mississippi, we'd be dead last in everything. I think we can do better."
In politics, speaking your mind is not always the best thing. Being told that your state is last in most everything (while partially true) doesn't exactly fire up the electorate for you. My guess is, Barkley is just trying to get a rise out of people. He knows his talent lies as a basketball analysis and author. Charles, we love you but keep your day job and keeping plugging our Tigers every chance you get.
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