After more than eight years as a Democratic legislator, former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis will officially switch to the GOP, the Hill reports.
Davis said that he has grown increasingly disillusioned with the party as it pursues policies he does not support, according to the report:
"Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities," Davis wrote on his website after lamenting that "this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party."
The former congressman will also switch his party registration to in Virginia, where he now lives.
Davis has been rumored as a possible GOP congressional candidate in Northern Virginia, and in the statement he doesn't rule out the possibility, although his long statement indicates if he runs it could be for either the House or the statehouse and would be in 2014 or afterwards.
Meanwhile, a well-known Pennsylvania Democratic leader surprised many by switching her party affiliation last week. According to the Daily Caller:
Jo Ann Nardelli, a state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, has switched her political affiliation to the GOP, citing her Catholic faith and President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage as reasons.