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CD……Artur Davis is trying to do a ‘Obama’ in the race for Alabama Governor…….

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Rep. Artur Davis, left, speaks with DeLon Charley after the unveiling of a historic marker at the Pettway Family Mercantile Store in Boykin, Ala.

(  This picture with the WSJ  piece below…… of course shows Davis with a Black Family )

Davis ……Who is Black…. is running to be the Democratic Governor of Alabama….

Barack Obama is the First Black President…..

Do you think means anything in Alabama?

Rep. Artur Davis, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for governor of Alabama and the first major African-American contender for the job ever, is taking a cue from President Barack Obama’s strategy on race during his 2008 campaign: Don’t bring it up.

Since announcing his bid in February 2009, Mr. Davis has taken unprecedented steps to distance himself from the state’s black political establishment while trying to build more credibility with white independents and conservatives.

The 42-year-old four-term congressman from Birmingham voted against the president’s new health-care law—the only black Democrat in Congress to do so—and was called by some black leaders as a racial turncoat. He has gone out of his way to publicly snub three powerful black political organizations by refusing to sit for their endorsement screenings, drawing criticism that he is an opportunist in search of white votes. “The day has ended when these groups decide who wins the support of black voters in this state,” Mr. Davis said April 21.

In response, the Alabama New South Coalition, at its screening earlier this month, endorsed Mr. Davis’s white opponent, state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. The other two groups are expected to do the same.

The dispute illustrates the complexities that beset African-Americans seeking statewide office in the South, where, except for Virginia, no state has elected a black governor or senator since Reconstruction. Racial sensitivities lying beneath the surface of Southern politics can boil over even absent a black candidate. In the Alabama Republican gubernatorial contest, Tim James, who is white and the son of former Gov. Fob James, has ignited controversy recently with a commercial that condemns the administering of the state driver’s license test in foreign languages.

“This is Alabama,” Mr. James says in the ad. “We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it. We’re only giving that test in English if I’m governor.”

For the June 1 Democratic primary, a voter survey conducted at the end of March by Public Policy Polling, of Raleigh, N.C., showed Mr. Davis, a Harvard-educated former assistant U.S. attorney in Montgomery, leading Mr. Sparks 38% to 28%.

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

CD……Artur Davis is trying to do a 'Obama' in the race for Alabama Governor…….

ALAGOV_2SUB

Rep. Artur Davis, left, speaks with DeLon Charley after the unveiling of a historic marker at the Pettway Family Mercantile Store in Boykin, Ala.

(  This picture with the WSJ  piece below…… of course shows Davis with a Black Family )

Davis ……Who is Black…. is running to be the Democratic Governor of Alabama….

Barack Obama is the First Black President…..

Do you think means anything in Alabama?

Rep. Artur Davis, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for governor of Alabama and the first major African-American contender for the job ever, is taking a cue from President Barack Obama’s strategy on race during his 2008 campaign: Don’t bring it up.

Since announcing his bid in February 2009, Mr. Davis has taken unprecedented steps to distance himself from the state’s black political establishment while trying to build more credibility with white independents and conservatives.

The 42-year-old four-term congressman from Birmingham voted against the president’s new health-care law—the only black Democrat in Congress to do so—and was called by some black leaders as a racial turncoat. He has gone out of his way to publicly snub three powerful black political organizations by refusing to sit for their endorsement screenings, drawing criticism that he is an opportunist in search of white votes. “The day has ended when these groups decide who wins the support of black voters in this state,” Mr. Davis said April 21.

In response, the Alabama New South Coalition, at its screening earlier this month, endorsed Mr. Davis’s white opponent, state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. The other two groups are expected to do the same.

The dispute illustrates the complexities that beset African-Americans seeking statewide office in the South, where, except for Virginia, no state has elected a black governor or senator since Reconstruction. Racial sensitivities lying beneath the surface of Southern politics can boil over even absent a black candidate. In the Alabama Republican gubernatorial contest, Tim James, who is white and the son of former Gov. Fob James, has ignited controversy recently with a commercial that condemns the administering of the state driver’s license test in foreign languages.

“This is Alabama,” Mr. James says in the ad. “We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it. We’re only giving that test in English if I’m governor.”

For the June 1 Democratic primary, a voter survey conducted at the end of March by Public Policy Polling, of Raleigh, N.C., showed Mr. Davis, a Harvard-educated former assistant U.S. attorney in Montgomery, leading Mr. Sparks 38% to 28%.

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

CD with links for the Artur Davis’s Alabama Governor run……


“Davis’s new TV ads are coming out and more to come later.”
http://www.leftinalabama.com/diary/6151/algov-ad-watch-new-artur-davis-ad-out-and-other-new-ads-this-week

“Newly-released reports on fundraising on 45-day reports.”

http://www.leftinalabama.com/diary/6146/45-day-reports-are-up

“Davis calls for grocery tax repeal.”
http://www.leftinalabama.com/diary/6145/artur-davis-campaigning-on-grocery-tax-repeal

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

CD with links for the Artur Davis's Alabama Governor run……


“Davis’s new TV ads are coming out and more to come later.”
http://www.leftinalabama.com/diary/6151/algov-ad-watch-new-artur-davis-ad-out-and-other-new-ads-this-week

“Newly-released reports on fundraising on 45-day reports.”

http://www.leftinalabama.com/diary/6146/45-day-reports-are-up

“Davis calls for grocery tax repeal.”
http://www.leftinalabama.com/diary/6145/artur-davis-campaigning-on-grocery-tax-repeal

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Navigating the south as a black candidate after Obama’s election to President….

Rep. Artur Davis is trying become the black Governor of Alabama….the south has not a black governor for at least one hundred and thirty years…..Davis is trying to break that record…and one would believe having the nation’s first black president would make it easier…but that does seem to be true……

Davis , running as a democrat currently does well in the polls, but has had to walk a tightrope in the white and black communities of the state…..

He is aware that being black in the sSouth means that you have to skew your politics to the right, to accommodate the southern whites usual right leanings……so while Davis has done so…recently voting against the Healthcare Bill in Congress…..That has put him in trouble with many blacks who overwhelming favor the government providing universal healthcare….

And Davis has got himself in trouble with Joe Reed, a influential black in Alabama politics ( he works for the Alabama Education Association ) who has …savaged Davis as a political opportunist who opposed the bill to curry favor with the state’s conservative-leaning white majority.’

Reed further went on…….“You cannot curse Bubba and Cooter, Big Man and June Bug in the daytime and beg them at night.”

But, for Davis this argument cuts both ways…..While it might hurt him with some black voters…the noise from Reed may indeed help him with white voters who may see the complaining from Reed as a sign that Davis is independent of the old time blacks….Which is something the Obama campaign used last year…..

The fact remains that President Obama only picked up 10% of the white vote in the state…and wether Reed likes it or not ….Running for Governor is forcing Davis to try to attract white voters…there is simply no other way to win a statewide office…..But he must also try to hold as many blacks as a base….

This is going to be VERY, VERY hard for Davis to do…….

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , | 10 Comments

Navigating the south as a black candidate after Obama's election to President….

Rep. Artur Davis is trying become the black Governor of Alabama….the south has not a black governor for at least one hundred and thirty years…..Davis is trying to break that record…and one would believe having the nation’s first black president would make it easier…but that does seem to be true……

Davis , running as a democrat currently does well in the polls, but has had to walk a tightrope in the white and black communities of the state…..

He is aware that being black in the sSouth means that you have to skew your politics to the right, to accommodate the southern whites usual right leanings……so while Davis has done so…recently voting against the Healthcare Bill in Congress…..That has put him in trouble with many blacks who overwhelming favor the government providing universal healthcare….

And Davis has got himself in trouble with Joe Reed, a influential black in Alabama politics ( he works for the Alabama Education Association ) who has …savaged Davis as a political opportunist who opposed the bill to curry favor with the state’s conservative-leaning white majority.’

Reed further went on…….“You cannot curse Bubba and Cooter, Big Man and June Bug in the daytime and beg them at night.”

But, for Davis this argument cuts both ways…..While it might hurt him with some black voters…the noise from Reed may indeed help him with white voters who may see the complaining from Reed as a sign that Davis is independent of the old time blacks….Which is something the Obama campaign used last year…..

The fact remains that President Obama only picked up 10% of the white vote in the state…and wether Reed likes it or not ….Running for Governor is forcing Davis to try to attract white voters…there is simply no other way to win a statewide office…..But he must also try to hold as many blacks as a base….

This is going to be VERY, VERY hard for Davis to do…….

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , | 10 Comments

Is Basket Ball’s Charles Barkley right?…….Alabama isn’t ready for Artur Davis?…….

Sir Charles Barkley got interviewed at the Navistar LPGA Classic recently……When asked about Rep.  (D-Ala) Artur Davis ‘s chances of winning the up coming election for Governor of the deep south state…he gave a typical frank, no holes bared answer…..”They’re not ready. They didn’t vote for Barack Obama. They’re not going to vote for Artur Davis,” Barkley told WSFA-TV in an interview at a golf tournament..

The more things change…..the more things remain the same…….

It just is……that’s all………

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Sports | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Basket Ball's Charles Barkley right?…….Alabama isn't ready for Artur Davis?…….

Sir Charles Barkley got interviewed at the Navistar LPGA Classic recently……When asked about Rep.  (D-Ala) Artur Davis ‘s chances of winning the up coming election for Governor of the deep south state…he gave a typical frank, no holes bared answer…..”They’re not ready. They didn’t vote for Barack Obama. They’re not going to vote for Artur Davis,” Barkley told WSFA-TV in an interview at a golf tournament..

The more things change…..the more things remain the same…….

It just is……that’s all………

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Sports | , , , , , , | Leave a comment