(CNN) - Artur Davis, a former Alabama congressman who switched voting Democrat to Republican, said he dropped his support for President Barack Obama out of frustration with what he described as the president's broken campaign promises.
Best known for seconding Obama's nomination at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, Davis said he had hoped Obama's presidency would make a huge dent in race relations, as well as move the Democratic Party further to the center.
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After three and a half years, however, Davis said the only change he has seen is a political party more unwelcoming towards Southern conservative Democrats.
"I think the Obama administration has candidly gone too far to the left. You can raise all kinds of questions on whether that's good politics or not," Davis said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "Obviously the election will determine that."
The former congressman announced at the end of May that he was switching to the GOP, leaving the door open to a future political bid as a Republican.
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Dude your irrelevant.
And you think race relations will get better with the GOP in charge? Think again.
If Obama's "too far to the Left" then I'm "Ivan the Terrible."
Artur Davis is still sour that he lost to Democratic challenger Ron Sparks in the bid for governor over 2 years ago. Who cares who he will vote for?!! We don't need that sourpuss! Hit it!
More will jump the ship come November !
There is always one of us in the bunch
The key piece of reality in this story is that this guy is switching parties to run for public office as a Republican.
Oh wow a politician from ALABAMA is voting GOP.
What a SHOCKER!!!
Two words....Benedict Arnold...
Good luck with that
A political opportunist. Hope it ends for him like it does for most.
Yeah and those conservative have realy moved towards the center. right? lol What do you expect he represents Alabama.
So he's moving over to the paragon of race relations, the GOP? Baloney. This is a selfish move pure and simple. Won't work Arthur.
Now all the lefties will bash him as a traitor instead of actually listening to his reasons.
Did he check with the ALA. GOP to ask permission to join? Maybe a little premature on that aspect of his obvious decision that he is banking on to help him win some election coming soon.
He'll still lose as a republican. He does not look like a winning horse. Sorry...... Cain!
Good luck Mr. Davis! The Republicans have not done much to improve race relations. Their attempts to make changes to election laws in various states will further erode these relations. When folks in Alabama are removed from the voting rolls then perhaps Mr. Davis will see what is going on around him.
Where can I send a check to his opponent's campaign? Republican or democrat, it doesn't matter.
YES WE WILL, AGAIN!
Jealousy is a terrible thing, Mr. Davis. And why did you want democrats to move to the center unless you were a closet republican?
This guy thinks Obama is too far left and the left think he's too far right. Yes, if Obama had discovered oxygen, as the saying goes, the Republicans would all suffocate themselves. Obama is not a miracle worker. Pinning the task of solving America's race relations on him is no way realistic. Does this guy think that by becoming a Republican he's going to further that cause? Laughable.
Maybe this guy should ask Arlen Spector how that worked out for him. These hacks that like to change their party when thing get a little tough should tell you all you need to know about this guy. Seems like Mr. Davis is in governement to play politics and not do work. He needs to be sent packing.
Good for him... open minded.