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Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis has switched from the Democrat Party to the GOP.   That’s according to a release on his official website.

Davis says :“If I were to leave the sidelines, it would be as a member of the Republican Party that is fighting the drift in this country in a way that comes closest to my way of thinking: wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities.”

Davis goes on to criticize President Obama.

“On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again,” Davis said.  “I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country.”

“You have also seen me write that faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too. You’ve read that in my view, the law can’t continue to favor one race over another in offering hard-earned slots in colleges: America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way — it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.”

Davis now lives in Virginia where he is a consultant.   He has hinted he might run for Congress again.

Davis ran as a Democrat in 2010 for the Democrat nomination for Alabama Governor.  Ron Sparks defeated him, but went on to lose to Republican Robert Bentley in the general election.