Artur Davis

Judge Tosses Artur Davis’ Suit Against Alabama Democrats

Former Democratic congressman from Alabama Artur Davis speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An Alabama judge has dismissed the suit former Rep. Artur Davis filed against the Yellowhammer State’s Democratic infrastructure, finding that party leaders are justified in keeping the Democrat-turned-Republican from rejoining the party.  

“The Board is well within its discretion to conclude that allowing a prodigal son to run against a Democratic stalwart is not beneficial to the party,” Hobbs ruled  Tuesday, denying Davis' petition for relief from those who’ve blocked his return into the Democratic fold.

Artur Davis Determined to Win Grudge Match With Democratic Leader

Davis, shown here speaking to the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, is suing to get back into the Democratic Party.(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Artur Davis says there’s a very simple reason the Alabama Democratic Party won’t bend on letting him back into the fold: Power broker Joe Reed wants to clear a path for his son, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven L. Reed, to run for mayor in 2019.  

The four-term House lawmaker for weeks has been embroiled in a tug-of-war with party leaders after being denied the opportunity to rejoin the ranks. Davis defected to the GOP in 2012 but wants back in so he can challenge incumbent Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Harris for the District 1 seat.  

Artur Davis Goes to Court to Get Back Into Democratic Party

Former Democratic Congressman Davis speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Should a desperation move to crowbar his way into local politics fail next week, former Rep. Artur Davis may attempt to drag Democrat leaders before the state Supreme Court.  

“If I’m successful, we’ll be taking our case to voters in District 1,” Davis told the Montgomery Advertiser . “If I’m not successful, there’s another court down the street I’d be willing to talk to, the Alabama Supreme Court. If I’m unsuccessful in the judicial process, then I’m unsuccessful.”