Artur Davis For President?

John Archibald has a bit more cheerful response than I did to the results of the District 54 race:

I can’t help but think of the whole runoff as a pie in the face to racial politics, machine tactics and conventional wisdom about elections.

His cheer is in part due to some of the other local runoffs. One of the other contests he mentions is District 55 where the incumbent – Eric Major – lost even though he is the chair of what at one time was Jefferson County’s most powerful political machine.

The reason for the loss? Who knows, but U.S. Rep. Artur Davis played a large role, donating 26k to the challenger, Rod Scott. Davis explained his actions:

Davis, a Democrat, said he supports Scott but that his main interest was defeating Major.

“I have a very low opinion of him professionally and personally. He has not been a good representative for that district,” Davis said.

Major had opposed Davis’ previous campaigns for Congress and once considered running against him, but Davis said his support for Scott was about finding a representative with “integrity and personal character” for the largely poor Birmingham-area district.

The congressman said it was unlikely he would take a similar interest in future legislative races.

The more I hear from Davis, the more I like him. Hugh McInnish can stump for Jeff Sessions all he wants, but in my mind Davis is the only Alabama politician with any chance for national advancement.

What I like most about him is his experience. Born poor in Mongomery, but Harvard educated. A former U.S. Attorney but then a criminal defense lawyer. He can put himself in the shoes of more than one type of person. IMHO, that is why he can say sensible things like this, about a proposed dump in one of Alabama’s poorest communities:

He says the areas targeted for landfills need to have a discussion of environmental justice issues and develop “first principles.” The goal, he says, should be to empower communities to be “full partners in environmental decision making and dispel the false choice between economic development and safe, healthy communities.”

Here is a man who knows how to work with people, but is not beholden to anyone. What a refreshing change that would be. Maybe not President Davis, but Senator Davis? I can only dream.

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7 Comments on “Artur Davis For President?”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I’m very disappointed in Davis for voting for the marriage “protection” amendment, but I’m proud of him for voting against the pledge “protection” amendment. That may be the best I can do for presidential candidates. Or senatorial candidates. It would certainly be an improvement over what we have now.

  2. Dan Says:

    I pray every night that Davis will unseat Jeff Sessions in ’08, but some of his recent comments have indicated that he is not interested in running for higher office until after that election year.

  3. HP Says:

    I agree with Kathy on the “marriage” amendment, but when you take Rep. Davis’s work on the whole, it is easily the most impressive of any Alabamian in Washington at the present.

  4. Dystopos Says:

    I’ve been proud to be represented by Mr Davis and I wish all Alabamians were so fortunate.

  5. Kathy Says:

    I didn’t say, but should have, that he is indeed the most impressive public official I’ve seen in quite some time.

  6. wheeler Says:


    i agree. more than his position on particular issues, what i like is the way he approaches them: patiently considering the facts and reaching a rational conclusion that benefits the most people possible.

  7. Talmadge East Says:

    Well I have been a long time supporter of Rep. Davis as a Congressman and (hopefully) for higher office. Now I reported sometime ago that he spoke at Harvard nd said he would porbably run for Governor/Senator in 2010. That puts him against Shelby, not Sessions. As far seeking PResident, I don’t think so yet, but he is asked about it by Brian Lamb in his C-Span interview.

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