WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis of Birmingham, who as a Democrat was a key supporter of President Barack Obama's campaign four years ago, will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month to endorse Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney.
The Republican National Committee announced Davis' speaking slot this morning.
"Former Congressman Davis especially will give voice to the frustration and disappointment felt among those who supported President Obama in 2008 and are now hungry for a new direction," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
In what is likely a preview of his remarks in Tampa, Davis issued the following statement through the RNC this morning:
"The talk and inspiration moved so many of us four years ago, but unfortunately we haven't seen the action to back it up. We were promised jobs and we got job-killing mandates and regulations. We were promised a fiscally responsible government, and we got trillion dollar deficits, debt that has never been seen, and small business burdened with new taxes and threatened with more taxes. The time for talk is over. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Republicans take a step to undo the mismanagement and nominate Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States."
Davis addressed the Democratic National Convention four years ago in Denver to second the nomination of Obama for president.
He lost the 2010 Democratic primary for governor of Alabama and left Congress that same year after four terms.