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Dems recall Artur Davis’s last convention speech

Ahead of Artur Davis’s speech at the Republican National Convention, Democrats would like to draw viewers’ attention to the prequel: Davis’s speech at the Democratic National Convention four years ago.

Artur Davis pauses to listen to a question during a speech in Fredericksburg. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

In the years since, Davis lost a bid for Alabama governor, moved to Virginia and declared himself a Republican. In a recent Washington Post article, Davis said he had become disenchanted with Obama and the Democrats.

The DNC video, titled “It’s all about Artur Davis,” questions the sincerity of Davis’s conversion. Davis is shown articulating a string of values and goals he said would drive Obama, superimposed with text intended to show that the president had fulfilled them.

Davis is shown speaking, for instance, of “an American president named Barack Obama who will stand for the rule of law, who will remember that torture is the way of the people who hate us and not our way. ” Against that, the text reads: “President Obama signed an executive order to end torture on his 2nd day in office.”

The video winds up with these words: “The Artur Davis speech at the GOP convention isn’t about Barack Obama. It’s about Artur Davis.”

Davis brushed off the criticism.

“My old Democratic friends are reminding me of an old rule: In politics, if you fear someone is getting through and people are listening, attack them as fast as you can,” Davis said via e-mail.

He acknowledged that the video did sting, but it wasn’t the political criticism that bothered him.

“I do wish they had not reminded me,” Davis added, “that I have gained weight in four years.”

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.



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