Former Democratic rep to become Republican?
May 30th, 2012
11:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Former Democratic rep to become Republican?

(CNN) – Known for seconding the nomination of Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, Artur Davis is now denouncing the Democratic Party and leaving the door open to a future political bid as a Republican.

The former Alabama congressman announced on his website Tuesday night that he is switching his voter registration to Virginia, where he said he has lived since 2010, a move that represents a "closing of one chapter and perhaps the opening of another."

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"I don't know and am nowhere near deciding," Davis wrote on his website about a potential future campaign. "If I were to run, it would be as a Republican."

Davis, the former four term congressman who lost his Democratic primary bid for Alabama governor in 2010, said individuals have suggested he run for a congressional seat in northern Virginia or a seat in the Virginia legislature.

Whatever his future holds, he said it will not play out with him as a member of the Democratic Party, a party he said has changed greatly since the Bill Clinton administration.

Although Davis was a supporter of Barack Obama during the 2008 election, he sometimes bucked his party in Congress and voted against the president's signature health care law. And in his latest writing he said "the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country."

Davis took issue with the federal government weighing in on immigration at the state level and an agenda that would "punish businesses and job creators with more taxes."

"Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities," Davis wrote.

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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Democrats • Republicans • Virginia
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Dennis Waite

    wow what a SELL-OUT . this is a true Nut case for what he thinks All americans want ...No republican has ever been right about anything nor has any republican ever help anyone except themselves to the money provided by this great nation....they have lied each and everytime always wanting to be elected so t hey could steal the American tax dollar clainming less gov. they created more government and more rules making life unbearable for 99% of americans ...when will they go away we don't want Republicans to be in charge of our stoole samples -let alone our nation and making laws ....they are the only threat to this nation and must be stoped...this includes Davis.........

    May 30, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country."

    What's the matter, CNN doesn't want to admit that a 4 year long right wing hissy fit wasn't the 100% predictable result of the election of the first black POTUS? Right. And sticking a fork in an electric socket doesn't earn you a shock. Talk about naive. Anyone who believed that the result would be anything other than a complete conniption fit from the right wing and a massive ressurgence of the societal herpes known as racism grew up under a rock....or maybe on a different planet...because they sure as heck didn't grow up in this country with their eyes open.

    May 30, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    His words are simply words to rationalize his leaving the Democratic Party. I think the decision to jump ship is purely financial. He feels that he can raise more campaign cash on the right side of the aisle than he can on the left.

    May 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Guys, you're trashing, insulting, mocking the very man that helped you guys get Obama in the White House"

    Helped? What are you talking about in terms of "unethical practices"? Someone was going to second the nomination and it was considered Davis' honor to be allowed to do so. It was pageantry and nothing more. Seconding the nomination is nothing but a symbolic prcedural device and I can guarantee you there was a long line of people who wanted to do it. He turned around and subscribed to the teatroll nonsense because he thought he could leverage it in a state like Alabama, ride the supposed wave of teatrollism, so to speak...and in the process he alienated the very base he was running to represent in a DEM primary, which is why he lost it, including losing the black vote, and now he's got sour grapes and feels betrayed? Who betrayed who first? The same thing would happen if someone ran in a GOP primary and started spouting the need for increased education spending...he'd be drummed out the door, and if he was suprised, he's an imbecile.

    May 30, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Ronda in Houston,TX

    It's typical...he went to Congress, got a little money and now wants to keep it and he thinks the Repubs will save it for him.

    Boy, is he in for a surprise!

    May 30, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. obama victim

    Congrats to Mr. Davis....and welcome to sanity.

    May 30, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Woman In California


    I for one am ready for for experienced and boring, with a proven track record of economic successes.

    Well, you're in for a LONG wait as Willard has not proven he has experience in ANYTHING other than lying, skipping out and borrowing money from the U.S. government. As for President Obama not having any experience NEITHER did King David (remember he was a shepherd) and what a mighty king he became. While our president is no "King David" he did achieve what he has ON HIS OWN – without money, power and a rich father. Can you say the same of Willard?

    May 30, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Tony Z

    Sounds like political bitterness than what he believes. Ran for Gov. in 2010 and lived in VA since 2010. He understands the market value of his next opportunity.

    May 30, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't know him, which means he's probably been a DINO all alone and the people in the State of Alabama kicked him to the curb.

    May 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. SuperD

    Sounds like a man who sees a dead horse (Democrats) and is jumping ship. If he voted against the stupid Obamacare, then at least he has some sense.

    May 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. rob

    Bye...I'm sure the southern good ole boys will welcome you with open arms....LOL

    That Democrat "Tent" is getting smaller and smaller. It consists of the far left only, anyone not towing the line is not tollerated. It doesn't matter if your a minority or a women or any "Protected" group, the Dems will attack you if you dare to have a mind of your own. The election of 2010 which saw one of the largest lanslides in the House's history and is completely ignored by the liberal media/Dem propaganda machine was just the beginning. Election day in November will continue the total repudiation of the left in the Dem party for generations.

    May 30, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. KD

    Good riddance!!!

    May 30, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Reggie from LA

    @Sniffit Really blew the lid off of this one with some stinging daylight. It's nothing but the truth. If you see it differently that what was said, you are very unimformed or just stubborn. I don't see Davis's move as a result of denouncing anything...just another flimsy political move to get some of that 1% money. Yum yum.

    May 30, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Dan

    WOW, all the spewing hate here coming from the left towards this black man. Well, guess I'll just have to say it. After all the left always says it when someone on the right disagrees with Obama.....'The Democrats hate Artur Davis and his actions and it's all because he's a black man. Democrats are "racist".

    May 30, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Myviewis

    King David didn't have to worry about people getting jobs, paying a mortgage, utilities, college, taxes, etc....Seriously, what nonsense. Obama had no experience for this job, he was never even an employee in the real world, the most he did for work was to be a Professor and not for very long either. The only other things on his resume is Community Organizer and Author.

    May 30, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    He voted against the ACA and other liberal centric issues, and then lost in a Democratic primary. Apparently the Democratic voters in Alabama have given him his walking papers. See ya.

    May 30, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Myviewis

    If Arthur Davis cannot be trusted now that means his nomination for Obama in 2008 should not be trusted either. This only means Hilary Clinton might have had a chance afterall.

    May 30, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. drod

    Just another DINO that's taking off his skin and showing us what he really was after all. The Republican party is looking for a little color; black, brown, yellow, anything that might help them get more votes.

    May 30, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    @ Myviews.....

    I read your views on most of these post and I think I have a pretty good idea WHERE those views come from!

    May 30, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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