Congressional Black Caucus Lashes Out at Black Democrat Turned Republican, Artur Davis
Nobody likes a turncoat. Everyone watched as former Senator Alen Specter, a Republican who became a Democrat in 2009, was defeated after his party switch. So no one should be surprised at how Artur Davis, a black Democrat who recently switched to become a Republican, is being treated by his former Democratic colleagues. Not surprisingly, his black colleagues are most critical of his decision to change his party affiliation.
Davis’ switch is viewed by most as a strategy for reentering politics since he failed miserably in his attempt at getting the Democratic nomination in his bid to become governor of Alabama. Since running as a Democrat didn’t work, Davis is re-entering politics as a Republican, and throwing his support behind Mitt Romney to boot. To make matters worse, Davis, who supported candidate Obama in 2008, is scheduled to speak at the RNC convention.
For fourteen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, this was the final straw, causing them to write a letter to Davis announcing their displeasure.
“Given the magnitude of your recent transformation, we can only conclude that, rather than a true conversion, your actions are the result of a nakedly personal and political calculation or simmering anguish after failing to secure the Democratic nomination for governor of the State of Alabama in 2010,” the members wrote in a letter addressed to Davis.
Four years ago, Davis seconded Barack Obama’s nomination at the DNC convention, so it is doubtful that Davis has had a change of heart in less than four years.
The CBC letter ended with another admonition of Davis, stating ”We regret that you have chosen this course, but are confident that the American people see your pronouncements for what they are and come to the same disappointing conclusion of your former colleagues.”
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