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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Artur's Ascension

Lest I run the risk of being an all-Roy, all-the-time blog, I noticed an interesting post on Lee's A Bama Blog.

Rep. Artur Davis has apparently been making a name for himself in Washington. Time has done a lengthy piece on Davis and he's been interviewed in-depth on C-SPAN.

Davis has impressed me the few times I've seen him on television. He certainly did the state a favor by retiring Earl Hilliard. Davis has been mentioned as a possible rising star in the national Democratic Party and he openly admits he would like to run statewide (governor, senator) in the near future.

A statewide campaign would certainly be interesting and groundbreaking, but Davis would probably have an uphill run to be elected statewide. I imagine Davis is keeping his eye on Harold Ford, Jr., (a fellow young, black moderate congressman from Tennessee) in his bid to replace Bill First in the Senate. If Ford can win or at least run a strong race in Tennessee, then a Davis campaign in Alabama suddenly looks more plausible.

However, Davis' best bet at an enhanced political stature would probably be to use his safe House seat to move into the House Democratic leadership. A politician with Davis' considerable skill and savvy could well find himself in a chairmanship or a leadership position if the Democrats regain a majority in the next decade or two.

Another potential avenue for Davis' political ascension might be a cabinet appointment under a Democratic president. Democratic pols like Mike Espy and Henry Cisneros used a Clinton cabinet position to reach national stature that might have been harder to achieve in their states' political environments.

No matter what path Davis chooses to take, he seems likely to play a significant role in Alabama politics for the foreseeable future.

10 Comments:

Blogger Lee P said...

Now, if we can just convince him to become a Republican.

4:26:00 AM  
Blogger Altoid said...

I have been following Rep. Davis for some time and have been thoroughly impressed every time I have met him. I also have been on the Artur for Governor bandwagon b/f he announced that he would either seek that office of the U.S. Senate in 2010 and was overjoyed. There is not a better man/woman in government from the state of Alabama.

1:45:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

Altoid,

Do you really think Davis can win statewide? Davis seems more interested in the federal side of government, but a run for Senate would be extremely difficult. Even moderate, conservative white Democrats haven't been able to win Senate seats in the South lately.

4:03:00 PM  
Blogger Altoid said...

I know it would be tough, but I believe that he can win.

1:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one BIG NEGATIVE is that Davis is NOT married. to be 37 and not married then that will look a little weird to the common folk. Plus, he is black and can not win in Roy Moore Alabama

4:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! ;)
wow... what crazy news!
what do U suppose about it?

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