How Artur Davis Learned to Stop Worrying and Team Up With Pro-Voter ID Tea Partiers

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April 16 2012 10:37 AM

How Artur Davis Learned to Stop Worrying and Team Up With Pro-Voter ID Tea Partiers

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WASHINGTON - MARCH 19: Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) talks on the phone while standing on a balcony outside the U.S. Capitol March 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. Davis, who is running for governor of Alabama, voted against health care reform legislation last year and said he would do the same when the bill comes before the House this weekend. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

ARLINGTON, Va. -- John Fund, the reporter and freelance pro-voter-ID speaker, encouraged the morning audience at Herman Cain's "Solutions Revolution" to mark April 27-28 on their calendars. On that weekend, the Tea Party spinoff group True the Vote will hold its second annual summit on election fraud -- or, at least, the threat of election fraud.

The conference will feature some mainstays of the conservative voter integrity circuit. James O'Keefe; former DOJ lawyer/anti-New Black Panther crusader J. Christian Adams; and so on. But the star is Artur Davis, the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who has started irritating his old party by ringing bells about voter fraud.

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"He seconded the nomination of Barack Obama at the Democratic convention," said Fund. "He was the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against Obamacare. And he's finally said, Enough! I've seen voter fraud. It's real, and I know it's real."

Late last year, Davis jawed a little about a possible party switch, but worried that the Alabama GOP had "refused to accept" converts like him. He was being a little humble. The only danger in a Davis switch would come when party leaders sprinted through the same door for the chance to embrace him.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.