Artur Davis Former Obama Co-Chair Campaigns for Mitt Romney: Another Highly Educated Black Turns GOP

Former Democrat Alabama Congressman Artur Davis stepped to the stage and seconded Obama’s 2008 presidential nomination. He served as Obama’s campaign co-chair in 2008. Today Davis is a Republican and in Virginia campaigning for Mitt Romney. He served in Congress from 2003 to 2011. He was the first Congressman to endorse Obama, and the first from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to demand that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) surrender his gavel as head of the House Ways and Means Committee in the wake of his many-tentacled scandals. He is the only member of the CBC to vote against ObamaCare, and as so, was the representative of one of the most heavily Democratic districts in the country. When he ran for Alabama Governor in 2010 he lost. Blacks refused to support him.

Artur Davis

“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 told Wolf Blitzer. “Obviously the election will determine that.” Davis will appear at an Arlington event today, where he will “discuss Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s bold ideas to strengthen the middle class and deal with our long-term debt,” a Romney insider tells Buzzfeed. Source: Newser

America gets it, without Romney at the helm, something foul this way comes.


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.

In 2010, Davis made an unsuccessful bid for governor of Alabama. In May he announced he was switching to the GOP, leaving the door open to a future political bid as a Republican.

Davis said in June that he thinks his one time political party was becoming more unwelcoming towards Southern conservative Democrats.

Davis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. As a four-term Democrat US congressman, he chaired the Democratic Coalition but voted against partial birth abortion and for prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion. He was pro-Israel, favors reducing America’s independence on foreign oil and energy but tends to have other more liberal stances in some areas involving the EPA. He voted against legislation (Renewable energy Standards) that required electrical suppliers to provide 15% of their energy through renewable resources. (Much of this paragraph comes from SourceWatch)

From on the Issues, he is against human cloning. He voted for TARP and most of Obama’s bailout measures, but voted ‘no’ on the GM and Chrysler bailouts. He voted to Constitutionally define marriage as one-man-one-woman, yes for making the PATRIOT ACT permanent, and has historically supported the NAACP. His voting records seems to show him tough on drugs, not fond of labeling crime as “hate” crimes, and is considered by the NEA, pro-public schools although he believes parents should have the choice of Charter or public schools.

Grumpy Opinions points out that we don’t hear a peep from Oprah these days, although she lost all conservative or even moderate cred years before The Won appeared on the scene. I welcome Artur Davis to the fight.

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  • Well, most certainly the GOP has a mix of conservatives with liberals. he may well have stepped over the fence to the GOP side, but we don’t know where he stands on issues except that he voted against Obamacare…as far as I know. I hope he will learn the conservative ways and stand strong for our country.

    • Fran, I listed quite a few conservative votes. He was definitely out of the mainstream of Democrats, but not ready for the TEAParty:-)

  • I saw him on Fox, VERY smart guy and you can tell he’s given this a lot of thought… welcome aboard, my friend!

  • Hi, Maggie and company:

    I just listened to an interview with Arthur Davis and Chris Plante on WMAL/105.9 FM in Washington, DC.

    Mr. Davis pulls no punches in regard to how he and countless others were played for saps back in 2008. A very articulate, formidable man! Looking forward to hearing him speak at the Republican convention.