Thursday , Jul , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Charles Barkley eyeing political career

Former basketball star Charles Barkley says he’s switched political teams from Republican to Democrat and is again talking about running for governor in his home state, possibly in 2010.

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

Democratic Party’s chairman Joe Turnham support Barkley’s choice "I say welcome Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley has been a Horatio Alger story for many people, not only in sports but in business and broadcasting".

For Jim Seroka however, Brakley is "getting ahead of himself", claiming that the former NBA star "doesn’t have any of the bases necessary to run a statewide campaign".