Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis is switching sides, abandoning his former ally President Obama to become a Republican — lamenting that the country has “gone backward” since Obama took office.

Davis is making the announcement in the run-up to a possible congressional comeback in Virginia, though he says he has not yet made up his mind whether he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly. He used to represent Alabama.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Davis explained the rationale behind his switch. He said he “took inventory” and decided “what we’re doing is not working.”

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