View Full Version : ABANDON SHIP II

12-22-2009, 10:47 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

According to two senior GOP aides familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place this afternoon in Griffith's district in northern Alabama.

Griffith’s party switch comes on the eve of a pivotal congressional health care vote and will send a jolt through a Democratic House Caucus that has already been unnerved by the recent retirements of a handful of members who, like Griffith, hail from districts that offer prime pickup opportunities for the GOP in 2010.

The switch represents a coup for the House Republican leadership, which had been courting Griffith since he publicly criticized the Democratic leadership in the wake of raucous town halls during the summer.

Griffith, who captured the seat in a close 2008 open seat contest, will become the first Republican to hold the historically Democratic, Huntsville-based district. </div></div>

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12-22-2009, 11:31 AM
I hope that the Republican 'leadership' didn't promise him party support in the primaries.

12-22-2009, 12:01 PM
this isn't as big a deal as it would appear on the surface. Griffith was one of the most conservative Dems in Washington. He voted against HCR, voted against stimulus, not your typical DC Dem.
Party affiliation is just a name. Idology is what counts, and from that standpoint, there really isn't much change.


12-22-2009, 01:27 PM
I concur with that ... I just love watching how Arlen Specter switching was proof of the greatness of dearest leader while the state ran media will ignore this one, and the O-cult will nod their collectivist heads in unison.