Democratic former Congressman Artur Davis is making headlines again these days as he’s thrown support behind voter-ID laws while also making a donations to Republican campaigns.
Davis wrote an editorial page article in the Montgomery Advertiser in which he said he’d changed his mind on voter ID and he wished he’d “gotten it right” when he was in office.
“The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt,” Davis wrote.
“Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights — that’s suppression by any light,” he continued.
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said he doesn’t know why Davis wrote that.
“I saw it and was frustrated by it,” Cleaver told Roll Call. “I don’t know what that’s all about. There are some people believe he’s getting ready to switch parties. I have no idea. Needless to say, he doesn’t confide in the CBC.”
Davis responded to Cleaver’s criticism by telling Roll Call that he hoped Cleaver wasn’t insinuating that just because a “Democrat does not hold a certain position that he is no longer fit to be a Democrat.”
Despite Davis’ words, Federal Election Commission filings shows that Davis donated $500 to the campaign of Heather Wilson, New Mexico’s Republican candidate for Senate, and another donation to Phil Bryant, who won the GOP nomination for governor in Mississippi and is running against Johnny Dupree, Mississippi’s first African-American Democratic party candidate for governor.
Davis told the Daily Caller that he contributed to Dupree during the Democratic primary, but said his support for Wilson comes from the time they spent together as colleagues in Congress.
“I got to watch her in action, got to have a few conversations with her over a period of time, and found her to be a very thoughtful person,” Davis said. “I found her to be someone who has an enormous amount of dignity, someone who I thought was a very positive and thoughtful force in the Republican Party.”
Davis unsuccessfully ran for governor of Alabama last year.