Artur Davis (D-AL)

*Representative Artur Davis is in an uphill battle to become the first African American governor of the traditionally conservative, if not racist, state of Alabama.

Thus, in an apparent bid to gain favor with white conservatives, last week he joined forces with 33 other mostly Southern Democrats who voted against President Obama’s health care reform legislation.

However, in opposing the president’s signature legislative effort, Davis was the only Black member of Congress to break with the president. He has also come in for harsh criticism.

His opponent in the June Democratic primary Ron Sparks suggested that the vote was an example of a politician who would do anything to win.

Meanwhile, commentator Roland Martin charged, “He was elected to represent the people in his district … not a future position he may or may not get.” (source: Taylor Media Services)