Former Rep. Artur Davis decides not to run for Congress in Northern Virginia

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WASHINGTON — Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis will not run for Congress in his new northern Virginia home, he announced this morning in a written statement.

Davis, a Democrat-turned-Republican, said his “plan and ambition” one year ago was to run for Rep. Frank Wolf’s seat if the veteran GOP congressman from Virginia’s 10th District retired. Wolf announced he would not run for re-election last week, but Davis decided against it.

“In making this decision, I have decided to focus on the reasons I entered politics 15 years ago: to bring communities together and to be a constructive voice on issues like education and poverty,” Davis said. “Joining the Republican Party, by the way, has not shaken those values: it has only reminded me of how important it is to awaken them in my new party.”

Davis represented Alabama’s 7th District for eight years. He ran for governor in 2010 but lost in the Democratic primary.

“I know full well that the national political climate is too polarized and ideological to make Congress the forum to achieve the values that drew me into politics in the first place,” Davis said. “I also know that in the current environment, the process of competing for a partisan nomination wouldn’t exactly allow me to run a campaign focused on building common ground.”

“Frankly, I would relish an opportunity to lead on the issues I care most about, whether as a public servant or as a citizen,” Davis said. “That time and place, however, is not Virginia’s 10th District congressional race.”

Full statement:

People in politics aren’t known for candor about their goals, but I will be direct here: a year ago, my plan and ambition was to run for Frank Wolf’s seat if he retired. But a year is a long time to reflect.

 

In making this decision, I have decided to focus on the reasons I entered politics 15 years ago: to bring communities together and to be a constructive voice on issues like education and poverty. Joining the Republican Party, by the way, has not shaken those values: it has only reminded me of how important it is to awaken them in my new party. How dare we shortchange Ronald Reagan’s vision of a shining city on a hill where we bore one another’s burdens and Jack Kemp’s passion about an opportunity based society?

 

But campaigns can’t be about wishful thinking. I know full well that the national political climate is too polarized and ideological to make Congress the forum to achieve the values that drew me into politics in the first place. I also know that in the current environment, the process of competing for a partisan nomination wouldn’t exactly allow me to run a campaign focused on building common ground.

 

Frankly, I would relish an opportunity to lead on the issues I care most about, whether as a public servant or as a citizen. That time and place, however, is not Virginia’s 10th District congressional race.

 

 

 – Mary Orndorff Troyan, Gannett Washington Bureau

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