THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

AL – Rep. Davis (D-AL) to run for Governor

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on February 10, 2009

images11There are many indications that African American politicos are feeling a bit emboldened to run for seats that, only a few years ago, seemed unattainable.  Black politicians, upon seeing President Obama’s once inconceivable-in-a-lifetime victory, are now taking it to the next level.  Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) is making a serious bid for U.S. Senate in Florida come 2010.  Gov. David Paterson (D) in NY is already setting the stage for his first gubernatorial run.  And now we have Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), a rising pol in the House Democratic caucus who has gained national clout with his fundraising prowess, making a bid for Governor in Alabama. Writes Patricia C. McCarter in The Huntsville Times:

His tie to Obama could make Davis’ bid for the governor’s office excellent timing, even though Alabama didn’t give Obama its vote. In his meet-the-voters event at the Historic Huntsville Depot, Davis said of all places in the state, Huntsville is an area that understands and supports change.

“There was a time in this state when we’d never built a rocket,” he said.

Davis likened that hurdle to another formerly inconceivable idea that a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas would meet, marry and produce a son who would go on to become president.

The change Davis said he wants to see – which includes himself in the governor’s mansion – could happen soon, “not at some distant point called ‘someday.’ ”

This should be one of the most, if not the most, interesting race of the 2010 election season. We can’t wait to see the outcome.  Davis may exercise a tremendous amount of leverage in this race, power built up strategically during his tenure in Congress.  Clearly, he’s been running towards this goal for some time.  But, a Black Governor of Alabama? Will he have the sort of demographics similar to Obama’s national run to offset the inevitable wave of bigoted skepticism in such a deeply Southern state like Alabama? Whatever the challenge, Davis may be well prepared to take it on.

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