Davis Says He's Quitting Politics

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The four-term 7th District congressman took 38 percent of the vote in the primary on Tuesday to 62 percent for Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.

Davis said Tuesday he has no interest in running for political office again. He says Alabama voters spoke in a decisive way across every sector and section of the state.

Davis voted against the health care overhaul bill in Congress, saying he believed the proposal was too big and expensive.

Davis was the only black Democrat to vote against the measure. He said the vote was consistent with his voting record.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Sweet Home Alabama on Jun 4, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    "help", I don't want universal Obama healthcare, because I believe a man or woman should earn what they get in life. You sound like on eof those porch-sitters whose life revolves around going to the mailbox and getting your unearned public assistance. Get up and get a job or maybe one day instead of a free check, you will have a shovel put in your hand. I am just glad another Obamacrat has been defeated and sent home with his tail between his legs.
  • by Stephen Location: Alabama on Jun 3, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    Artur's vote against the healthcare legislation was the primary catalyst that resulted in his defeat. He also ran to the center-right on many big issues. His campaign advisors and handlers made a big mistake in that they ran a general election campaign in the primary. Sparks capitalized the Artur's troubles and then he also jumped all over the hot-button gambling issue which no other candidate had latched onto. Then, the large influential black groups, ADC and New South, endorsed Sparks and the rank and file constituency followed suit by voting Sparks into office. I'm good friends with one of Ron Sparks' campaign advisors and they ran the perfect primary race in order to get elected. The general election will be much tougher, but Sparks is a fierce campaigner and will give the repubs all they want and then some.
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on Jun 3, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    Why does this article mention that he voted against the health reform bill, it may or may not be the reason he didn't win. This article is showing bias and is written in a way to sound like that was the reason for his failure. What about the fact that the voters didn't think he was qualified?
  • by help on Jun 3, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    you see what happens when you vote against something everybody wants. thats what u get for being the eyeball of the crowd. cant get mad at nobody but your self
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