From the Washington Post Venessa Williams :
Artur Davis, the former Alabama Democratic congressman and rising star who crashed and tried to regain his political swagger as a Republican, says his decision to re-join his old party is part of his return to his “roots.”
“I made a personal decision once I relocated to Alabama to engage local priorities, and to reconnect with my roots in politics: helping poor communities, reviving public education, putting jobs in sides of town that don’t have good jobs today,” Davis, who in August lost a bid for mayor of his native Montgomery, Ala., said via e-mail.
A little over three years ago, Davis had been one of the first members of Congress to endorse Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. At that year’s party convention, Davis, who like Obama was raised by a single mother, graduated from Harvard Law School and became a member of Congress, praised the party’s first African American presidential nominee as the leader of a new era of politics.
Two years later, Davis sought to use that new black leadership brand in his bid to become the first African American governor of Alabama. Positioning himself to the right of his party, he touted his vote against the Affordable Care Act, and in an effort to downplay race, he declined to court some traditional black organizations. Black voters instead backed a white candidate and Davis lost by 24 points.
After that crushing defeat, Davis left the Democratic Party. He quit his House seat and moved to Northern Virginia, where he flirted with the idea of running for Congress as a Republican, ultimately deciding against the idea.
Last year he returned to Alabama and ran in the nonpartisan mayoral race in his hometown, coming in a distant second to the incumbent mayor Todd Strange. Now, he’s mulling a run for the Montgomery County Commission — as a Democrat.
“I have no ill will toward Republicans, and nothing but kind words to say about the many Republicans at every level who welcomed me in 2012,” Davis said when asked if he’d become disillusioned with the GOP.