Let me say right off the bat that I respect former congressman Artur Davis for successfully being elected to the US Congress and for his work there. Let me also say that his leaving the Democratic party and switching to the Republican party has less to do with his disappointment in President Obama than with the fact that Davis is a 21st Century carpetbagger.
A carpetbagger fot those who do not know is a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics. That definition is from Merriam-Webster
In 2010 Artur Davis lost in the Democratic primary in his attempt to become governor of Alabama. He lost in large part because he refused to sit for the endorsement screenings of Alabama's black political groups. After that loss he said that he was done with politics.
Now in 2012 Artur Davis has switched to the Republican Party. Although republicans would have you believe otherwise that switch is not that big of a story. Davis was always very conservative in his views so he should fit in nicely with the GOP.
The bigger story to me is his planned moved to Virginia. A move that could set him up to run for congress again in either 2014 or 2016. If you don't think that opportunity is not what's behind this move then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Davis claimed he switched parties because of his dissatisfaction with President Obama. You can take him at his word if you want but how many of us are going to leave ANY party because of our dissatisfaction with a president? Many democrats did not flee the party after Jimmy Carter and many republicans didn't flee after George W. Bush. Simply put if he can't win as a democrat in Alabama then he will try to win as a republican in Virginia.
As you can see I don't believe Artur Davis given reason for switching sides one bit. He knows that the GOP is eager to get African Americans to run for office under their banner and that they can't cultivate their own crop of up and coming black politicians. He is willing to switch sides to get the money to run and once again hold political office. The GOP is more than happy to financially support him. You can say a lot of things about Artur Davis ( like he's being dishonest here ), but you can't say he's a fool.
George Cook AAreports.com