Former Democratic rep to become Republican?
May 30th, 2012
11:21 AM ET
10 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)

    Switcing parties for politcal gain isn't going to get you anywhere. Who do you think you are? Arlen Specter?

    May 30, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Sandy

    I saw him on a voter ID panel and I thought he was a tea party person! I had no idea he was a Democrat. Good riddance!

    May 30, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Angie Jaye

    good riddance

    May 30, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    buh bye. good luck to you. you'll need it

    May 30, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Myviewis

    This coming from a man who got to know Obama well enough to second Obama's nomination for president in 2008. Just think, Obama turned him Republican.

    May 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. CJG from AL

    That is sad , "if I cannot win as a Dem , I will switch teams "....So now we know why he did not win in AL . He cannot be triusted, and he is way too rich to be a Dem !!!! Romney will be his best bud for sure!

    Good Riddence!!!!!

    May 30, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Jerry

    You elected HIM

    Two years ago, a company hired a young woman. Smart, hard-working, dedicated and armed with her master's degree. She had a lot of bright ideas to help the company. When she was asked what she had learned from her time with the company, she replied that she had completely underestimated the value of REAL-WORLD business experience.

    Nothing we see about our country's economic problems, and now about Solyndra's and other tax-payed funded misadventures should surprise us. Is there anyone on Mr. Obama's economic team, or for that matter in Democratic congressional leadership, who has any successful real-world business experience?! Is it any wonder we can't effectively address the country's economic issues?

    But ultimately, do you know whose fault this is? YOURS! (I did not vote for Mr. Obama.) Almost everyone knew Senator Obama had absolutely no experience in running much of anything, much less a business. Yet, you voted him in based on image, emotion, and a bunch of vague, hopeful ideas.

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

    May 30, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    You only have to look at where he's from to figure out why he's considering running as a Repug. All the Dems with a brain have already left, and the remaining teatards don't have the intelligence to FACT check the Faux Noise propaganda before voting GOBP. If you wanna be in politics in the south, you'd better not be a Dem. Let's keep those red states getting more from Uncle Sam than they are contributing.. way to go..

    May 30, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Pander Bear

    Translation: I can't win re-election as a Democrat so since I have no scruples I'll try to win election as Republican because after all, this is all about me.

    May 30, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. WKT

    The writing is on the wall. Obama is destroying the democrat party along with America. Any person with the slightest ounce of patriotism should leave the democrat party immediately.

    May 30, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. vj

    so long and farewell and you wont win an office seat as a republican cuz no one likes or trusts a traitor

    May 30, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    well I would rather him leave than be a DINO...we have enough of them already. Let him go enjoy the life of being a Black Republican, but to make it that route he has to be extreme just ask Allen West and Herman Cain. If you're a somewhat moderate like Mike Steele they have no time for you over there.

    May 30, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. anotherGDlefty

    So he's unemployed and switching his registration in the state he now lives in?

    Can I get a "WHO CARES"?

    Maybe he should come to Arizona and run here since we are in love with republicans and their skills at governing.
    I'm sure he'll be made to feel right at home in the party that hates his the color of his skin but can use him for photo ops.
    Maybe he can come out of the closet too and then he'll really feel welcome as a republican...

    May 30, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. luke,az

    Fools come in all colors .

    May 30, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Vince

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

    May 30, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Myviewis

    Wait a minute, are you guys saying he can't be trusted, he's switching teams because he can't get re-elected as a Democrat and he has no scruples? This is the guy that was trusted by the Democrat National Convention when he second the nomination to elect Obama as the Democrat candidate for the presidency/White House????? Seriously???? So then what does this tell us about this man in 2008, that his nomination of Obama shouldn't have been trusted?

    May 30, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. RC

    This guy is a joke. Anyone who believes that raising taxes on the job creators will stop them from hiring needs to look at the last10 years. Heck who cares if they have to pay more taxes! They are not hiring anyway. I could care less if I had to work for the government. At least I will have a job. Those politicians are the ones who need to be fired. What is the purpose of government if they are not doing work for the majority of people in the United States? Not just the 1 percent.

    May 30, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. JustAO

    Looks like someone has been talking to Romney campaign about potential VP slot. Black man who sides with Tea-Party is a god sent for Republicans. Too bad Republicans are way to extreme this election cycle to be taken seriously when it comes to legislating or governing.

    No taxes ever, no worker rights, no women choice rights, voter id suppression, anti-hispanic are not a good long-term strategy to keep a party valid with many of the future generations becoming more liberal and progressive.

    May 30, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. ddt

    The first time I read what he wrote in politico I knew he was not a Democtrat. Thank God he has joined his people.

    May 30, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. rla

    Just the start of the stampede-- What is funny is that the democrats don't even see it coming????? November will make my year!!!!

    May 30, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Myviewis

    Guys, you're trashing, insulting, mocking the very man that helped you guys get Obama in the White House. All you're doing is making people think that this man's nomination of Obama should not have been valid, accepted. If he's willing to sell out to Romney as some of you are saying then did he sell out to Obama for the nomination in 2008? So, what did he receive in exchange for his nomination of Obama? This means un-ethical practices were taking place for Obama to be nominated as the candidate and not Hilary Clinton.

    May 30, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Thomas

    He can't be elected as a den. Go for it , we need more moderat republicans .

    May 30, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    He miscalculated and thought he had the AA vote locked up in Alabama just because he's also an AA, so he figured he could get away with also pandering to the Teatrolls to negate that advantage for the GOP candidate. WRONG. He should've known better instead of subscribing to the right wing idiocy that posits all minorities will simply vote for minorities out of solidarity. He treated people as if they were stupid and don't vote ont he issues and he paid for it...and now he's outraged? Gimme a break. This guy is finished. He moved in hopes he could try the same trick on a different community and get a different result. It won't work.

    May 30, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. s

    rla your year is over , move to the moon

    May 30, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Myviewis

    Wow, you guys are really trying to distract, change the subject, ignore that it was this man's nomination that helped Obama become the Democrat candidate in 2008 for the White House. Guess what??? the rest of us don't ignore, get side tracked, get distracted, people remember.

    May 30, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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