May 31, 2009

Obama Effect: Artur Davis Looks Strong in Alabama


I told y'all a few months ago that Artur Davis (D-AL) was a beneficiary of the Obama Effect.

Davis strives to become the first African American governor of Alabama. He is looking good in recent polls.

In head-to-head matchups, Davis leads Democratic Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobbs, 54%-25%, and Commissioner of Agriculture and Industry Ron Sparks, 56%-26%. He's also ahead of Republican Bradley Byrne, 43%-38%. Byrne is chancellor of Alabama's community college system and a former state senator.

I guess that Charles Barkley's window of opportunity to be Alabama governor is over, huh?!

7 comments:

MacDaddy said...

Many more examples of the Obama effect to come.

Villager said...

MacDaddy - I'm keeping an eye out for 'em! If you see 'em before me ... lemme know. I want to share the 411 with my blog readers...

MacDaddy said...

Will do, Villager.

Monica Roberts said...

Charles waited too long to reestablish his residency back in Alabama.

That said, I'm not a fan of Artur Davis either. The man has voted twice against hate crimes legislation and is lukewarm on ENDA.

I understand the political calculations that went into this year's NO vote on hate crimes but what was his excuse in 2007?

Villager said...

Monica - I'm not a resident of Alabama ... so I don't have a horse in the game. I respect that you are calling Artur Davis on his lukewarm support of ENDA. Do the other Alabama governor candidates have a stronger stance on ENDA in your view?

I ask because I sometimes wonder if we measure our political support on an absolute scale (yes or no) versus a relative scale (how strong versus opposition).

Anyhow, from the outside ... I like the idea of credible Black candidates running for office. I agree that you should examine record and vote accordingly. Just seems like ENDA is a hard case for any politician in Alabama, not just Arturo Davis.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Charles Barkley was never serious about being an elected official was he?? I mean, he realizes that he's not perceived as being very ...ummm.... intelligent, doesn't he?

Villager said...

BWBTT - I 'spose that Barkley is measuring intelligence based on standards set by GWB (past POTUS). Anyhow, Barkley did say he planned to run for Alabama governor as recently as Oct 2008...