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					Artur Davis
C/O Republican National Convention
401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Dear Artur,

We are writing to express our disdain over several recent comments you have made about
the important issues facing voters in November, your total distortion of President Barack
Obama’s record, and your complete flip-flop on certain core principles you once held
dear. Given the magnitude of your recent transformation, we can only conclude that,
rather than a true conversion, your actions are the result of a nakedly personal and
political calculation or simmering anguish after failing to secure the Democratic
nomination for governor of the State of Alabama in 2010.

Despite recent news reports that you sought advice from a Virginia political consultant
about running for office as a Democrat, you currently proclaim to have switched to the
Republican Party. However, in 2009 you repeatedly criticized former Representative
Parker Griffith for the same act, saying, “his decision repudiates the hard work of many
Democrats who sustained him during his election to two high offices.” You continued,
“He leaves a party where differences of opinion are tolerated and respected to join a party
that in Washington, marches in lockstep, demands the most rigid unity, and articulates no
governing philosophy beyond the forceful use of the word, ‘no.’”

It’s unconscionable that you now claim Voter ID laws do not violate civil rights or
suppress minority voter turnout. Yet in 2007 while still representing Alabama’s 7th
congressional district, you joined then-Senator Obama in calling for the resignation of the
Justice Department’s Voting Rights chief after he claimed that Voter ID laws did not hurt
minorities, saying, “you can't argue that voter ID laws don't disfranchise African-
Americans.”

You also may recall that less than two years ago, you routinely touted your progressive
record as a member of the House of Representatives. You supported the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wall Street reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay
Act, and ending tax subsidies for oil companies. Despite voting against the final bill, you
even supported major pillars of the Affordable Care Act like banning discrimination
against pre-existing conditions, expanding Medicaid, and providing tax breaks to small
businesses that provide health care, to name a few.

Contrary to your recent declarations, you hailed President Barack Obama as a “beacon of
leadership,” touted President Obama as your “model,” and widely described the President
as a friend. As a member of the House of Representatives, you supported President
Obama’s agenda 95% of the time, were quoted saying “I agree with him on everything,”
and repeatedly invoked President Obama in your failed gubernatorial campaign.
It is important that the American people have these important facts and draw their own
conclusions about your true motivations for speaking at the Republican National
Convention. We have come to the disturbing conclusion that your recent public
statements have no basis in real policy or political disagreements, but rather they stem
from transparent opportunism and a personal determination to overcome failing to win
the Alabama Democratic primary for Governor in 2010. We regret that you have chosen
this course, but are confident that the American people see your pronouncements for what
they are and come to the same disappointing conclusion of your former colleagues.


Sincerely,

Chairman Emmanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Rep. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)
Rep Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Rep. James E. Clyburn (SC-06)
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI-14)
Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
Rep. Barbara J. Lee (CA-09)
Rep. John Lewis (GA-05)
Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-06)
Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (AL-07)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)

				
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