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BARKLEY WILL WAIT ON POLITICS UNTIL GOVERNORSHIP OPENS
Published July 17, 1995
CHARLES BARKLEY, in his first-ever meeting with Alabama Reublican Party officials, insisted that he should run for governor rather than challenge U.S. Rep. Earl Hilliard in '96. Alabama GOP Chair Roger McConnell: "My gut feeling says he's thinking more toward governor. ... He doesn't seem that interested in the congressional race. When I mentioned that, he said, 'Well I want to be governor.'" McConnell did say of Barkley: "He's solid with his philosophy. If he runs in politics, he'll run as a Republican, I have no doubt" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 7/14). AL Gov. Fob James, who is a Republican, comes up for re-election in '98.