Artur Davis has become the Sheree Whitfield of the Republican Party. He's more likely to win the Player Hater's Ball than a Senate seat as a Republican. Our latest for EBONY: "Hater Player: Artur Davis, GOP Black Gold"
Giving up his gubernetorial dreams, he has moved to Virgina and is thought to be interested in running for Congress "or even the Senate", according to many reports. Davis has also embraced voter suppression laws as his signature issue. Republican-controlled legislatures from coast to coast—most notably in Florida, Texas and Wisconsin—have attempted to pass these laws to suppress voter turnout among Blacks, Latinos and youth. "Giddy at their unexpected good fortune, Republicans awarded Davis a prime speaking slot at the Republican convention," noted BusinessWeek.
Just like Sheree Whitfield thought her diva-like behavior would never be challenged—"Who’s gonna check me, boo?"—the former congressman boasted Tuesday night about voting against the best interests of his former congressional district. "We don't need a party that has led while poverty and hunger rose to record levels to give us lectures about suffering," said Davis to applause.
It takes a certain originality for a Black man to stand before an audience of 50,000 mostly White Republicans and lecture Democrats on “poverty and hunger.” It was the Republican Party that gutted food stamps and child nutrition policy—remember when the Reagan Administration wanted to classify ketchup as a "vegetable" in school lunches? Davis owed his political career to the Voting Rights Act—and it takes even more nerve for him to make suppressing voting rights his signature issue.