Davis Defends Democratic Party Chairman

Montgomery, AL – U.S. Congressman Artur Davis has come to the defense of state Democratic Party Chairman Redding Pitt. Davis' comments come after the state's top four Democrats called for Pitt to be replaced because of the party's poor showing in last week's elections. Davis says he spoke with Pitt Tuesday and is convinced the chairman will not step down. Davis also says Democrats lost because candidates' ideas have not been good enough, and the Birmingham Democrat says that's not the responsibility of the party's leader. Davis says in order to win future elections, Democrats need to stake out a new set of issues that appeal to broader constituencies. Alabama's other Democratic congressman, Bud Cramer, did not comment on the issue. Pitt was a U.S. attorney in Montgomery. He was elected state chairman in 2001. But the state's top four Democrats--Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, House Speaker Seth Hammett and Senate President Pro Tem Lowell Barron--released a statement Monday calling for a new chairman. Pitt says he will serve the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2007.