Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama is officially leaving the party for the GOP, he announced Tuesday.
"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."
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.
The one-time Democratic rising star had grown critical of the party in recent years, was the only African American member of the House to vote against Democrats' health care reform law, and became increasingly vocal about his disagreements with the Democrats after losing a gubernatorial primary in 2010.
After he left Congress he stayed in the D.C. area and joined a high-power Beltway law firm.
This post was updated at 11:38 p.m.