Disability Action for America, a political action organization dedicated to advancing the rights of the disabled, has endorsed Moe Davis for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District.
The endorsement of Colonel Davis (USAF, Ret.) by an organization run by disabled Americans comes despite the fact that his opponent is disabled because of a car accident. Republican Madison Cawthorn earlier angered some disability right supporters when he used his wheelchair for a political stunt during the Republican National Convention. He also denied being disabled, telling an advocate from the disabled community to, “chill the f— out with all your labels.”
From today’s press release issued by Disability Action for America co-founder Colleen Flanagan:
Disability Action for America is proud to endorse Col. Moe Davis to represent North Carolina’s 11th District in the U.S. Congress because he will fight for the issues disabled people, and families, care most about. He will tackle issues relating to poverty, healthcare, representation, and we can trust him to work to build America’s much-needed caregiving economy.
His opponent is running a dishonest campaign centered on hate, racism, and profound contempt toward people with disabilities, despite being disabled himself.
During the 2020 Republican National Convention Moe Davis’ opponent weaponized using a wheelchair to promote white supremacy and perpetuate pity toward people with disabilities, especially those who use wheelchairs. That wasn’t the only occasion his opponent advanced ableism during his campaign, he recently met a North Carolina disabled man with nothing but hostility and hate.
Perpetuating prejudice and pity toward people with disabilities is not what is needed in Washington D.C. or North Carolina. What Disabled Americans, especially in North Carolina, actually want and need is more affordable, accessible, integrated housing, a living wage for themselves and their caregivers, healthcare, education, and jobs.
Col. Davis, who served for 25 years in the Air Force, is a partially disabled veteran who supports legislation that will positively impact the disabled community.
“I am grateful for this endorsement from Disability Action for America,’’ Col. Davis said. “I will be an advocate for the disabled community on issues that should matter to everyone — from healthcare to housing, education, fair wages and more.”
Col. Davis, who was born, raised and educated in North Carolina, served for 25 years in the Air Force. He is best known as the Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who resigned his post when ordered by the Bush Administration to use evidence obtained by torture. Col. Davis later led the Air Force Judiciary and has worked as a national security specialist for Congress, law professor at Howard University and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor before beginning a run for Congress last November.
He and his wife, Lisa, live in Asheville.
You can learn more about Moe Davis and his campaign at moedavisforcongress.com and follow him on Facebook and Instagram at @MoeDavisforCongress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis and @MoeNC11.