Democratic candidate for governor and congressman Artur Davis holds a news conference at his Birmingham HQ at 1pm to further discuss what he calls “racially tinged” rhetoric from supporters of his opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.
Ironically, his latest comments come on a day when the Wall Street Journal profiles his campaign. In that story, WSJ reporter Corey Dade observes Davis has been “taking a cue from President Barack Obama’s strategy on race…. Don’t bring it up.” Things may be changing.
The Sparks campaign calls Davis’s comments “irresponsible” and say “race has no place in any campaign.”
When asked about the Davis comments in Montgomery during a news conference concerning the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Commissioner Sparks said he knew nothing about it and said he would talk first with campaign staffers.
This morning on Good Day Alabama, Birmingham Southern College political science professor Natalie Davis said at this point “it gets nasty.”
“Whenever race starts to penetrate these elections, people get antsy.”
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