Update: Update about Artur Davis. From a comment from a friend. " Please call his office.......1-202-225-2665 (congressional office). 205- 322- 9096 (local campaign office). They are getting lots of calls and maybe he will reconsider......." Call both, the person at the campaign office tries to put you off but tell her, no, his "no" vote will mean a "no" vote from me and many others in his race for governor. I called both.
Till after the vote is taken, at least...
My lack of support for Artur Davis is now solid.
After what he said about the Health Care bill yesterday, it is clear that he is putting his aspirations to be governor above the needs of the people who voted for him, including myself and my family.
I met Artur Davis years ago at a neighbor's house here in Bessemer when he was first running for congress. Like so many of the politicians who begin their run, we had such hopes for him. I called his office in the days that followed to see what his views on gay issues was, and was assured that he was a supporter of the gay community. His predecessor, Earl Hilliard, was 100% supporter on our issues, so Davis had some big shoes to fill as far as equality issues went. We believed him.
His failures in LGBT issues are well documented. He voted against ENDA, the Employment Non Discrimination Act, so he voted against my economic security. He voted against the hate crimes bill, which means he voted against my safety.
At a forum sponsored by Over the Mountain Democrats in January 2008, when discussing LGBT issues, Davis said (paraphrased), “It is not the role of government to tell people how to think,” referring to proposed legislation.
Does he not realize that he was sitting on that stage only because the government, in the 1960's began telling people how to think? That despite the will of the people of this state and others, the government told "us" that "we" could not fire a worker because of their color? That "we" needed to believe that people of his color were equal and treat them that way?
But he believes "it is not the role of the government" to influence people in this way?
He threw the gays under the bus. The same bus, that a few decades ago would have seen him sitting in the rear of. Equality for him is a black and white issue. That's all, though. Lady Gaga got it right in DC when she said, "It's not equal if it's sometimes."
I sent his campaign an email yesterday. I told them that the CBO report was out, and that the Office of Energy and Commerce report was out, and that I hoped he would look at those and change his vote on the health care bill for the sake of the people in his district. The Energy and Commerce report shows how Davis's district would benefit under the Health Care bill.
I heard Davis's interview on Fox 6 last night, and it is obvious that he has received the same Republican talking points memo that the GOP members have. He mischaracterizes the bill and in doing so, only shows his ignorance about it.
I even told them I would offer my support (in spite of the gay issues) if he would vote for the bill.
They must have gotten my email because on my caller ID last night was "Davis 2010", but I tried to call back and they don't answer and the message says they don't have voicemail.
Here are some of the benefits to AL-07 from the health care bill.
Improve coverage for 309,000 residents with health insurance.
Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 179,000 families and 12,800 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
Improve Medicare for 105,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
Extend coverage to 61,500 uninsured residents.
Guarantee that 11,900 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
Protect 2,200 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
Allow 55,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.
Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 39 community health centers.
Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $304 million annually.
No deficit spending. The cost of health care reform under the legislation is fully paid for, in large part by eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and excessive profits for private insurers. The legislation will reduce the deficit by $130 billion over the next ten years, and by about $1.2 trillion over the second decade.
It's going to be hard to vote for him for governor (should he win the June primary) in November even if I hold my nose, if he votes against this bill. Maybe I should start paying more attention to the Republican candidate ads.