Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis condemns Dem path
“Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” Davis wrote. He intends to switch his party registration to in Virginia, where he now lives.
Once considered a Democrat rising star, Davis has grown critical of the party in recent years. He was the only black member of the House to vote against the Democrats on Barack Obama’s massive governmental takeover of America’s health care delivery system.
As one of Obama’s earliest supporters Davis served as co-chairman for his 2008 presidential campaign. Davis, who represented Alabama’s 7th Congressional District from 2003 to 2011, was notably the first member of Congress outside of Illinois to endorse then-Sen. Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. And it was Davis who seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Now Davis condemns the path he believes the party is taking.
Renouncing the party “is no light decision on my part,” he wrote. “Cutting ties with an Alabama Democratic party that has weakened and lost faith with more and more Alabamians every year is one thing; leaving a national party that has been the home for my political values for two decades is quite another.” But “wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” he said. Davis’ impressive bio can be read here.
This retreat from the Democrat party by such a longtime stalwart is further evidence of mounting opposition among Democrats to Obama’s radically liberal message and policies that are undermining our Constitutionally-based freedoms.