Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-back-again Artur Davis has asked a Montgomery judge for an emergency order against the Alabama Democratic Party as he seeks to use the Democratic label in a run for local office.
Davis, once a Democratic congressman and gubernatorial candidate, seeks an order forcing the state party to accept his paperwork to run for the Montgomery County Commission with a “D” next to his name.
The party’s local executive board rejected his application for reinstatement in October, but Davis says the party is settling scores by unfairly singling him out for rejection.
Davis left the party before the 2012 presidential primary season, helping Republicans and even speaking to the GOP national convention in Tampa that year.
The former lawmaker, who represented Alabama’s 7th Congressional District from 2003 until 2011, says other Democrats who have had dalliances with the other side of the aisle have been accepted back into the party’s ranks.
Beyond his legal quarrel with the Democratic Party, he also added that his newly moderate stances would find him in good stead with Alabama Democratic voters.
Davis must be reinstated by the party by Friday in order to qualify for the county commission ballot.
Things haven’t been going swimmingly for Davis since his second partisan change of heart.
He was compelled to tell AL.com in August that he had “never been a customer of the Ashley Madison site,” referring to the online hookup site designed for married people seeking affairs.
Davis’ name was included as part of the infamous leak of Ashley Madison users by GotNews.com, which he called “a fifth-rate blog that regularly smears politicians.”