One of Barack Obama’s earliest supporters and a former co-chair for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, announced yesterday that he is leaving the Democratic Party for good.
Morgan Little reports for the Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2012, that in a post published Tuesday on his website, former Democratic Congressman Artur who represented Alabama’s seventh congressional district from 2003 to 2011, condemned the path he believes the Democratic Party is taking:
“[Renouncing the party] is no light decision on my part. 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.
On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country.”
Artur Genestre Davis is 44 years old, and a Harvard Law School graduate. He said that he is “in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia” and that “If I were to run, it would be as a Republican.”
H/t FOTM’s beloved moxielouise