Skip to comments.Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis now a Republican
Posted on 05/30/2012 1:14:46 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Former Alabama Democratic Rep. Artur Davis has turned in his Democratic Party card as he prepares to register for the GOP in Virginia.
The switch was rumored for some time following his departure from Democratic politics in 2010. Davis left political circles after his unsuccessful run for governor in Alabama. He lost in the 2010 primaries, and generating hostility from some fellow Democrats who disliked his effort to avoid identity politics.
The winning Democrat was trounced by the Republican candidate in the general election.
If I were to run [for office], it would be as a Republican [because] wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities, Davis announced Tuesday on his blog.
I am in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia [and] it is true that people whose judgment I value have asked me to weigh the prospect of running in one of the Northern Virginia congressional districts in 2014 or 2016, or alternatively, for a seat in the Virginia legislature in 2015, Davis wrote.
He declined to predict when or if he might jump into a GOP primary race, but sketched out his political priorities.
I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes.
I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured, he wrote.
just another RINO
Hopefully to be defeated by a real Repub.
He doesn’t fit with the Democrats either...particularly what the CBC members expect of him. He voted against HCR, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009, and in 2007 he was also the only CBC member not to vote for the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.
Well, if he campaigns ocally and publicly against President Obama in the African American communities and supports GOP candidates in November as well that would be a start.
That's the most statesmanlike thing I've ever heard a Democrat say.
Oh, wait- he's not a Democrat anymore.
For a minute there I thought things had really changed.
I graduated high school with Artur. He is probably the smartest person I have ever met - no joke. I’m not sold on his conversion to a conservative, though. But I will say the dems in AL treated him very poorly in his run for governor, so I guess it’s possible.
Being from Alabama, I am familiar with Davis. I wouldn’t call him a conservative - he’s somewhere between a moderate and a RINO. I would never vote for him, but if the people of Virgina want to replace a dem with Davis I would suppport that decision. Republicans need to steal some black votes from the dems and Davis could do that. And who knows, if they break that ice and vote republican once, they may continue to do so in the future.
I can dream anyway, right?
“hes somewhere between a moderate and a RINO.”
Arlen Spector comes in all colors.If he could statewide as a Dem what are the chances he would convert to a Republican?