In April, the predictably anti-gay Artur Davis—the black conservative Democrat from Birmingham, Alabama who boasts an abysmal 45 percent Human Rights Campaign score—was the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Davis later voted for the 2010 Department of Defense Authorization Bill conference report that included the Matthew Shepard Act.
Over the weekend, Davis again made distinction: The congressman was one of 39 Democrats and apparently the only member of the CBC to vote against the health care bill approved Saturday night. The Alabama and Mississippi congressional delegations presented an almost unified wall of opposition. All Democratic and Republican members, except for Mississippi's Bennie Thompson, who is black, voted against the bill.
President Obama won 74 percent of the vote in Davis' 7th district. Despite the overwhelming support for the President, Davis is running for governor of the conservative-leaning state next November. Davis, of course, is looking to safeguard against attacks from Republicans. The irony is that blacks and rural voters in Alabama have lower access to health care and are paying higher premiums than the average. But that's politics.