Recently, Charles Barkley has been talking about a possible run for the Governor spot in his home state of Alabama in 2014.
While this may seem like yet another celebrity running for office on the idea of celebrity fame being one of the the best sources of promotion, we need to consider him as a potential candidate before making an objective judgment. That is, what makes Charles Barkley qualified to be a governor other than the fact that he can dunk?
According to Section 17 of the Alabama constitution, the qualifications are as follow:
Qualifications of governor and lieutenant governor; lieutenant governor ex officio president of senate.
The governor and lieutenant governor shall each be at least thirty years of age when elected, and shall have been citizens of the United States ten years and resident citizens of this state at least seven years next before the date of their election. The lieutenant governor shall be ex officio president of the senate, but shall have no right to vote except in the event of a tie.
According to the qualifications, he will have what it is he needs to make a run for it.
He currently claims to be an independent however, he is somewhat in alignment with the democrats.
Will Charles Barkley be able to win the Governor spot in Alabama?
This is up to the people in Alabama.
Barkley is known as being rather outspoken. He likes to say things as he sees them- which may be one of his biggest assets in this scenario.
This is the guy who told the world “A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail; should they be role models?” In 1993, he wrote the text for his “I am not a role model” Nike commercial.
He actually made sense- as much as we didn’t want to hear it.
In his message for parents and teachers to quit looking to him to “raise your kids” and instead be role models themselves, Barkley argued,
I think the media demands that athletes be role models because there’s some jealousy involved. It’s as if they say, this is a young black kid playing a game for a living and making all this money, so we’re going to make it tough on him. And what they’re really doing is telling kids to look up to someone they can’t become, because not many people can be like we are. Kids can’t be like Michael Jordan.
Is this what we want to hear or what the advertising industry wants us to hear?
Barkley has a unique way, a possibly more personable cut the crap way, of getting his point of reality across.
Charles Barkley appeared on TV last night with CNN’s Campbell Brown to talk about politics, race and his plans to run for governor in his boyhood home state of Alabama.
Charles Barkley tells Campbell Brown some whites will vote for Obama, but tell their friends they didn’t. Here are some excerpts;
First of all, racism is the greatest cancer of my lifetime. I think anybody who is racist is an idiot whether they are black or white. Anybody who is racist I just I think they are an idiot.
Well, It would be great for — it would just be great that white America elected a black president. Because the truth of the matter is, unless he gets a certain percentage of the white vote, he is not going to be elected, so that would be cool that white people had enough confidence in him. But Campbell, unless we, we as black people stop killing each other, not getting our education, we have to do better. Racism does exist. It is always going to exist, but until we as a people stop killing each other and stop not getting our education we are never going to be successful. I mean, because realistically, whoever the president is doesn’t have a huge effect on anybody’s life, to be honest with you.
(About Obama) I see him as a great role model ’cause we got to get more black kids educated. And you know we have this terrible thing going on in the black community about if a black kid does well in school we make fun of him. We’ve got to get more black kids getting their education, carrying themselves with great dignity, and self esteem. I’ve always looked at this as bigger picture. I mean, because if he wins, it ain’t like — really, I think he’s just a great role model for young black kids. I don’t mean that in a negative as far as, like, who the president is is really not going to have a huge effect on people’s everyday life.
(About John McCain and the Republican Party using race as an issue in the race)
Oh, no question, and they’ve used cold words like welfare and things like that. When people pick on welfare, first of all when they use the word welfare, that is really swaying, trying to use that as a minority thing, because people assume — if they really knew anything about the numbers. There seven times as many white people on welfare as black. Because there’s more white people in America. But when I see a story on welfare on television, they only show black people. But most white people don’t know that sometimes there’s as many whites on welfare as black people. And they just use cold words, they use the terrorist thing now. You know, they try to use the Muslims thing. Those are racial innuendos, of course, and I’ve said it from the beginning, the only way with the economy in the situation it is — we’ve had eight terrible years under the Bush’s administration, with the war in Iraq — I’ve said it from the beginning. The only way they can win this election is make it about race. That’s the only way they can win. I wrote a chapter in one of my books about what happens in a race, when things are going bad, everybody kind of goes with their own tribe and the only way the Republican party can make this thing work is they get their tribe to get together and of course they use racial innuendo.
I don’t blame him. I blame the Republican Party. First of all because —
(Brown) But he’s the head of the Republican Party.
Barkley: I know that, but this thing didn’t start with him. It started with President Bush and these gifts to rich people like myself — all these tax cuts and things like that. That’s my biggest problem. Uh listen, John McCain, you gotta respect anybody who goes to war. But these Republicans who ran this economy into the ground. We’ve got to end the war in Iraq and we got to stop giving rich people like myself and people who run big companies tax breaks. We’ve got to do that.
First of all the notion that you would vote for a president because he is against abortion or against gay marriage is absurd. I think politicians have three jobs.
No. 1 they should fix our public school system, they should make sure our neighborhoods are safe and they should give people economic opportunity. I don’t care who is gay, I don’t care who is pro-choice. I really think that is the only three jobs that our government and our elected officials should have and we obviously got to do something about the health care and this situation. But to elect a president and vote for a president just because he is against abortion and against gay marriage is absurd.
(About the Alabama run in 2014)
… I can’t screw up Alabama.
We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren’t going anywhere.
Barkley could possibly be the most honest politician ever if he wins in 2014. This would indeed make him a role model to many people, whether or not he likes it.