Artur Davis Switches From Democratic Party For GOP
The political conversion of Artur Davis made national headlines as the former Democratic congressman from Birmingham announced his decision to become a Republican in Virginia. The GOP welcomed Davis, once a top surrogate to President Barack Obama. “The fact that he has the courage to analyze the problems with the current administration on the issues of unifying diverse interests in America and creating jobs tells me this is a guy with a lot of principle,” Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, a Republican, told the Washington Post.
In Alabama, where Davis suffered a painful loss in his 2010 bid for governor, leading Democrats had a different view. “In defeat, we have seen the real Artur Davis — a man with no principles, and no understanding of what it means to be a statesman and public servant,” said state Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, the House Minority Leader. “Artur Davis has no principles, and will say anything to advance his own career.”
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Davis can expect plenty of abuse from Democrats as a result of his switch. “Some people are being cynical and are saying, ‘Well, he’s just doing an Arlen Specter. He’s just switching parties because he knows he can’t win as a Democrat,’” Limbaugh said on his radio show Thursday. “I don’t care. I listen to what he’s saying. This is an African-American who is setting himself up for Uncle Tom status. This guy is going to join the ranks of Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas and Shelby Steele. He’s going to be persona non grata in the Democrat Party.”
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