Is Davis Saving For Later?
In choosing not to run for Congress in 2010, former Tennessee First District Congressman David Davis may have saved himself
I had supported David Davis, and was nearly prepared to do so again. However, my gut told me that this time he was going to have a much more difficult time getting votes than he had in either 2006 or 2008. Some of Davis' supporters were trying aggressively to paint Congressman Roe as pro-choice because he voted for some bills that had questionable riders on them relating to abortion funding overseas. Since Dr. Roe's specialty has been the health care issue and related matters pertaining to the U.S. Agency for International Development's medical aid to the Third World, I suspect he was aware of what he was voting for and also knew that if he wanted some things passed in his arena of specialty, he was going to have to swallow some things he might not otherwise be inclined to vote for. Because of his overall record on the pro-life issue, it is hard to question Dr. Roe's commitment to the pro-life cause based on that record-National Right to Life does not (Roe spoke at the March for Life). More importantly, I suspect that after David Davis ran his polls leading up to his official decision on Monday, the numbers may have suggested a close race, but also might have showed that the people of East Tennessee weren't buying the idea that Phil Roe is pro-abortion, either.
Labels: Congress, Republican Party, Tennessee politics