A little after 12:00 Noon today at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham Congressman Artur Davis announced his intention to seek the nomination of the Democratic Party to run for Governor of the State of Alabama in 2010. There will be a gijillion articles about this in the print media, in the blogosphere and on television, both state-wide and national.
File photo: August 28, 2008. Denver .
Here are a few, short Flip Camera vids from the announcement, shot about 3 1/2 hours ago, which I invite you to look at closely: .
One thing that interested me was the racial make-up of the 100+ supporters on hand to support and cheer-on Congressman Davis. Alabama is around 72% White, 27% African-American, and 2% (and growing) "Other". And, yet, by my rough estimate (look again at the vids and judge for yourself), about 3 out of 4 of those who came out for Congressman Davis in Birmingham were White.
While race may very well have played a (discouraging) hand in Alabama going Red against now-President Barack Obama in last November's General Election, that up to 75% of today's well-wishers for Congressman Davis were White, says something. I'm not sure what. But, all in all, it seems positive to me and says something good about Alabama.