With all of the time he’s spent in and around the presidential campaign this past year, you knew it was just a matter of time. On CNN last night, Charles Barkley told Campbell Brown that he was indeed running for office in 2014 in the state of Alabama. Via The Hill….

“I plan on it in 2014,” Barkley told CNN’s Campbell Brown on Monday.

When asked if he was serious, the former Philadelphia 76er said, “I am, I can’t screw up Alabama.”

He added that his native state could only improve. “We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren’t going anywhere,” Barkley said.

He said that his top priority as governor would be education. “The public school system in this country is the worst it has ever been and what that does is that hurts crime, it hurts the judicial system,” he said. “You know if you don’t give people education and hope, they become criminals. They get involved in drugs. So we have got to fix the public school system.”

Well you can’t say he’s wrong about that. I’d hate to see him leave TNT for office, but if that’s what his ultimate goal is, you can’t really stand in his way if he wants to serve his home state. I still think that he doesn’t know exactly what he’s getting into, but with the right people around him, hopefully he can do some good in Alabama.

Charles Barkley To Run For Alabama Governor in 2014 (The Hill)