June 18th, 2012
06:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Former Democrat dishes on departure from party, Obama

(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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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Bootstomper

    Dude your irrelevant.

    June 18, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. sayer

    And you think race relations will get better with the GOP in charge? Think again.

    June 18, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Robert Schiele

    If Obama's "too far to the Left" then I'm "Ivan the Terrible."

    June 18, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. cbama

    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!

    June 18, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Duke One

    More will jump the ship come November !

    June 18, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Regina

    There is always one of us in the bunch

    June 18, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Luke Brown

    The key piece of reality in this story is that this guy is switching parties to run for public office as a Republican.

    June 18, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Cody from UT

    Oh wow a politician from ALABAMA is voting GOP.

    What a SHOCKER!!!

    June 18, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Tired of republican lies

    Two words....Benedict Arnold...

    June 18, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Yonni

    Good luck with that

    June 18, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Steve

    A political opportunist. Hope it ends for him like it does for most.

    June 18, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. JD

    Yeah and those conservative have realy moved towards the center. right? lol What do you expect he represents Alabama.

    June 18, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Noodle Nose Johnson

    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.

    June 18, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. NameUnsubg nj

    Good Bye!!!!

    June 18, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Getoverit

    Now all the lefties will bash him as a traitor instead of actually listening to his reasons.

    June 18, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. spenteco

    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.

    June 18, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. njemnu

    He'll still lose as a republican. He does not look like a winning horse. Sorry...... Cain!

    June 18, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. CBR

    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.

    June 18, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Steve

    Where can I send a check to his opponent's campaign? Republican or democrat, it doesn't matter.

    June 18, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    WHO? CARES??


    June 18, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |

    Just jealous

    June 18, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Sandy

    Jealousy is a terrible thing, Mr. Davis. And why did you want democrats to move to the center unless you were a closet republican?

    June 18, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Natalie

    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.

    June 18, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Melo-D

    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.

    June 18, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Abe Vigoda

    Good for him... open minded.

    June 18, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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