GOP Convention Star Has A ‘Bright Future’

GOP lawmakers say that former Rep. Artur Davis, the Democrat-turned-Republican who ripped President Obama late last month, has a bright future.

The ex-Alabama legislator earned superstar status with his “lessons learned” oration directed at independent voters on day one of the Republican convention in Tampa.

He called the address a “second chance” aimed at “the estimated 6 million of us who know we got it wrong in 2008 and want to fix it,” a reference to voters who supported Obama but may not do so this election.

For Davis, a recent Virginia resident, it was a major step toward a return to politics in a different state and under a different party affiliation.

Virginia Republican officials are pleased that Davis relocated to the Commonwealth and joined them in the fight to elect the GOP presidential ticket in the battleground state.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told The Hill that Davis has a “bright future” in Virginia politics.

Before making such a leap to GOP congressional candidate however, Davis needs to “earn his stripes,” and continue making the case for Mitt Romney, according to a Republican analyst.

“Artur’s very attuned to not just what people think but how people think, given their busy lives. He’s a fantastic political talent. There’s no question about it and he has an opportunity here,” Virginia political operative Ford O’Connell said.

Read more from Molly K. Hooper at The Hill

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