There’s a new Virginia Republican eyeing a run for office, one who was an Alabama Democrat not so long ago.
Former congressman Artur Davis is making his party and geographical switch official, as The Fix notes. After spending eight years in Congress from Alabama and running unsuccessfully for governor, Davis writes on his Web site that he has made no firm decisions yet about a future campaign.
“If I were to run, it would be as a Republican,” he writes. “And I am in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia, a development which likely does represent a closing of one chapter and perhaps the opening of another.
“As to the horse-race question that animated parts of the blogosphere, it is true that people whose judgment I value have asked me to weigh the prospect of running in one of the Northern Virginia congressional districts in 2014 or 2016, or alternatively, for a seat in the Virginia legislature in 2015.”
Davis says Virginia has been his “primary home” since late 2010. He lives in Arlington, which falls in Rep. James P. Moran Jr.’s (D) heavily Democratic district. Rep. Gerald Connolly’s (D) neighboring district is more competitive, but not nearly as much as it was before the latest round of redistricting. And Rep. Frank Wolf (R) has given no indications that he plans to retire any time soon.
As for the General Assembly, it’s not clear which district Davis would target if he did choose to run.