John Lewis, Jesse Jackson Jr. endorse Artur Davis
U.S. Reps. John Lewis of Georgia and Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois have endorsed fellow Congressman Artur Davis' candidacy for governor of Alabama.
The men will be featured in radio spots that begin airing before the primary election, which is June 1.
"I am pleased that Jesse Jackson Jr. and John Lewis support my efforts to change Alabama," Davis said. "For seven years, I have worked with both of them to pass legislation that makes America stronger at home. I know they both have a history of ties to our state, and I am honored to have their help."
Davis and Lewis worked together as members of the House Ways and Means Committee. They worked together on a variety of issues including expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to provide health care to an additional four million children. Lewis, an Alabama native, is a civil rights leader.
Davis and Jackson were early supporters of then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign. They both supported Obama's economic stimulus plan and both men sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
The other Democrat running for governor is agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. Seven Republicans are running for their party's nomination.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen