PICKET: Former Dem congressman and CBC member accused of looking to switch parties

← return to Water Cooler

Former Democratic Alabama Congressman Artur Davis ruffled feathers on Capitol Hill last week, when he wrote an October 17 Op-Ed for the Montgomery Advertiser where he reversed his long time position on voter identification. 

“I’ve changed my mind on voter ID laws — I think Alabama did the right thing in passing one — and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office,” wrote Mr. Davis, a former member of the Black Congressional Caucus (CBC). 

“I think my former colleague is off base and it’s unfortunate,” Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat and Chairman of the CBC, told me on Tuesday. “I don’t know why Artur Davis wrote what he did. I saw it and was frustrated by it. I don’t know what that’s all about. Some people believe he’s getting ready to switch parties. I have no idea. Needless to say, he doesn’t confide in the CBC.”

This is not the first time Davis has bucked Democrats and the CBC. He was the only CBC member to vote against the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009. In 2007 he was the only CBC member not to vote for the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. More importantly, he voted against the Democrats’ health care act that eventually made it to President Obama’s desk.

Mr. Davis responded to an email request from me late Tuesday afternoon regarding Mr. Cleaver’s assertion that people have been talking about Mr. Davis possibly jumping parties.

“I have heard many Democrats criticize Republicans for imposing litmus tests on their membership. I certainly hope that Congressman Cleaver and others are not suggesting that if a Democrat does not hold a certain position that he is in no longer fit to be a Democrat,” Mr. Davis wrote in an e-mail to the Washington Times Water Cooler.

Mr. Davis interestingly noted, “Since I am not a candidate for office, I don’t have to grapple with the question of what party label to wear, but I know that the quickest way for an organization to lose a member is to suggest that he is no longer welcome.”

← return to Water Cooler

About the Author
Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

Latest Stories

Latest Blog Entries

blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    LAMBRO: Skirting the lane-closure issue

  • Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    LYONS: Benghazi demands a select committee in Congress

  • Happening Now