We do not relish a promising candidate losing his bid to become Alabama’s first African American governor. We believe Mr. Davis was ill served by not being bold and supporting federal health care reform. It seemed a calculated strategy to appease fearful white Alabamians that backfired. We hope that Mr. Davis will take the lessons he learned from his aborted gubernatorial campaign and go back to Congress and push hard for kinds of federal legislation that will be an aid to the people of Alabama and especially in his own district. We also hope that in years to come he will attempt to run for governor again with a stronger strategy. America needs Alabama,Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Louisiana to cross the racial “Rubicon”and elect African Americans to statewide offices. Surely, if these states can do it, the rest of the country will follow.
U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, a Harvard-educated lawyer and friend of President Obama, lost his bid to become the first black governor in Alabama. Voters picked fellow Democrat Ron Sparks in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary.

Primaries were also being held in Mississippi and New Mexico, and Republican voters in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District rejected U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, a former Democrat who switched to the Republican Party in December.

In the Democratic primary for Alabama governor, Davis angered civil rights organizations such as the Alabama New South Coalition and Alabama Democratic Conference by skipping their endorsement process, as he did in previous House races. The civil rights groups supported Sparks, the state agriculture commissioner, who is white.

Davis said he wanted to take his case directly to black voters. He was endorsed by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil rights pioneer originally from Alabama, and Mobile’s first black mayor, Sam Jones.

Alice Roe, who voted for Davis in Montgomery on Tuesday, said, “There’s no strings attached. I think he’s his own man, I really do.”

Voter Ben Ray picked Sparks, who has called for an expansion of gambling, including a lottery, and supported the federal health care plan. Davis voted against Obama’s health care proposal and was the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus to do so.

Source: USA Today