Artur Davis, a former Congressman and one of President Barack Obama’s earliest supporters, announced in a blog post that he would be leaving the Democratic Party.
Davis is considering running for office in Virginia in the next few years. If so, he will run as a Republican. He believes the Democratic Party has changed — not just in Alabama, the State he represented, but on the national scene is well.
“As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it),” wrote Davis.
Furthermore, he believes the present Administration is punishing “businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again.”
He also objected to laws that “favor one race over another,” writing:
America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way — it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.
In addition, the former Congressman wants local governments to take back control:
Immigration is a classic example: I wince at the Obama Administration’s efforts to tell states they can’t say the word immigration in their state laws, and find it foolish when I hear their lawyers say that a local cop can’t determine the legal status of a suspect validly in their custody… [W]earing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities.