BARKLEY WILL WAIT ON POLITICS UNTIL GOVERNORSHIP OPENS
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.