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Author: Subject: Democrat Parker Griffith Is Switching to Republican Party

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 03:27 PM

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In response to a reporter's question following his press conference, Griffith lamented the "far, far drift to the left" of the Democratic party in Washington, saying, "There is no room for a pro-life, pro-second amendment, conservative businessman


Democrat Parker Griffith Is Switching to Republican Party
POSTED: 12/22/09
Rep. Parker Griffith, a conservative Democratic Congressman from northern Alabama, announced Tuesday that he is switching from the Democratic to the Republican party.

The Congressman explained his "difficult decision" at a press conference in his Huntsville district office.

"I am pro-business, pro-life, pro-second amendment and have worked hard to support our space and defense programs and represent our Alabama values," he said. "However, as the 111th Congress has progressed, I have become increasingly concerned that the bills and policies of the Democratic leadership are not good for Alabama or our nation." He added that he needs to "stand with a party more in tune with my beliefs and convictions."

Griffith, who is in his first term in the House, has one of the most conservative voting records of any Democrat in Washington. He has voted against several of the Democrats' signature issues, including the $787 billion stimulus, the controversial "Cap and Trade" energy bill, and health care reform legislation. In August, he said he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker again, telling the Hunstville Times, "I would not vote for her. Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together."

National Republicans had targeted Griffith's 5th Congressional District as a possible Republican pick-up this year, but had also encouraged him to consider becoming a Republican. Sen. John McCain won the district in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote.

Griffith, who is an oncologist, used his announcement to criticize the Democratic agenda as "focused on massive spending, tax increases and bailouts." Afterward, he blasted the health bill now moving through Congress. "We're watching them pass a health care bill that two-thirds of America is saying don't pass it, leave it alone, start over again," he said. "And they're completely ignoring the American people at their own risk."

The news of the party-switch came as a blow to House Democrats, who have recently had several high-profile conservative members announce they will retire in 2010 rather than face reelection, including Rep. John Tanner of Tennessee and Dennis Moore of Kansas. Both men were favored to win reelection, even though their districts, like Griffith's, were in won by McCain in 2008.

At the end of his remarks Tuesday, Griffith acknowledged that "there will be those who do not support my decision." Indeed, moments before, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, called on him to return campaign donations from Democrats who helped elect him in 2008. Van Hollen said Griffith has "a duty and a responsibility" to return "financial resources invested in him."

In response to a reporter's question following his press conference, Griffith lamented the "far, far drift to the left" of the Democratic party in Washington, saying, "There is no room for a pro-life, pro-second amendment, conservative businessman."

He also said he had not told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about his decision, and has not heard from her since he made his announcement.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 03:47 PM
National Republicans had targeted Griffith's 5th Congressional District as a possible Republican pick-up this year, but had also encouraged him to consider becoming a Republican. Sen. John McCain won the district in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote.
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Principled decision, or Arlen Specter-like skin-saving move?

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 04:02 PM
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National Republicans had targeted Griffith's 5th Congressional District as a possible Republican pick-up this year, but had also encouraged him to consider becoming a Republican. Sen. John McCain won the district in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote.
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Principled decision, or Arlen Specter-like skin-saving move?



He sounds like he prolly belonged on the Right along, but it could be a Specter move to save his a$$

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 04:52 PM
Parker Griffith is as big a scumbag as is Richard Shelby. I believe if a person is elected to office by one party (any party) then they need to honor that until the next election and then change to the other one. This bait and switch is p*ssing me off and I'm sorry I voted for the a$$wipe.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 05:31 PM
Yeah... If I had voted for him, it probably would have pissed me off too. The way I see it, it's just evening things out since A.S. took off. Good trade, IMO.




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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 05:39 PM
What's the difference? I mean really?
 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 05:42 PM
Between the parties? None. They all say what they think we want to hear in order to get elected, they end up doing what they want regardless of the wishes of their constituents, and they all eventually get caught doing someone other than their own spouse.


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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 05:46 PM
Have him, take him, keep him.

The only "party switch" I wanna see is the Democrats cutting off Joe Lieberman forever. Effin bastid.

 

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Have him, take him, keep him.

The only "party switch" I wanna see is the Democrats cutting off Joe Lieberman forever. Effin bastid.


I probably want to see something more cut off Lieberman than you do.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 05:53 PM
No.... He most likely had that done on the 8th day after birth.



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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 06:07 PM
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"There is no room for a pro-life, pro-second amendment, conservative businessman."

Damn right.


i disagree. There isn't, however, room for a pro-life, pro-second amendment, conservative a$$wipe.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 06:08 PM
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No.... He most likely had that done on the 8th day after birth.



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Didin't remove enough.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 07:16 PM
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Have him, take him, keep him.

The only "party switch" I wanna see is the Democrats cutting off Joe Lieberman forever. Effin bastid.


I probably want to see something more cut off Lieberman than you do.
I doubt that ass-monkey [lieberman] has anything to cut off!.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 07:19 PM
He's in his first term, and the horse he rode in on has changed that much? Yeah, right. Good riddance. I hope the people of Alabama don't forget this.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 07:33 PM
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He's in his first term, and the horse he rode in on has changed that much? Yeah, right. Good riddance. I hope the people of Alabama don't forget this.


I had a Parker Griffith sign left over from the campaign so I took black electrical tape and put a big black X over his name on both sides and stuck it in the yard. Power to the people.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 08:32 PM
I'm starting to feel the love.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 08:39 PM
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He's in his first term, and the horse he rode in on has changed that much? Yeah, right. Good riddance. I hope the people of Alabama don't forget this.


I had a Parker Griffith sign left over from the campaign so I took black electrical tape and put a big black X over his name on both sides and stuck it in the yard. Power to the people.


I defer to the opinion of one of his constituents. That was easy!

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 08:54 PM
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I had a Parker Griffith sign left over from the campaign so I took black electrical tape and put a big black X over his name on both sides and stuck it in the yard. Power to the people.

You should have checked the third box on the ballot.

 

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He's in his first term, and the horse he rode in on has changed that much? Yeah, right. Good riddance. I hope the people of Alabama don't forget this.


I had a Parker Griffith sign left over from the campaign so I took black electrical tape and put a big black X over his name on both sides and stuck it in the yard. Power to the people.


Right on!

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 10:14 PM
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"There is no room for a pro-life, pro-second amendment, conservative businessman."

Damn right.


Yup, you surely don't want that kind of thinking infecting your party.

 

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I had a Parker Griffith sign left over from the campaign so I took black electrical tape and put a big black X over his name on both sides and stuck it in the yard. Power to the people.

You should have checked the third box on the ballot.


Not an option.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 11:44 PM
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Parker Griffith is as big a scumbag as is Richard Shelby. I believe if a person is elected to office by one party (any party) then they need to honor that until the next election and then change to the other one. This bait and switch is p*ssing me off and I'm sorry I voted for the a$$wipe.


Ann, did you vote for him because he was a Dem, or because of his views on the issues?

 

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A little of both. During the campaigning we knew from a lot of what he said he was very conservative....that was okay by me. His opposition took positions on issues that I outright didn't and couldn't agree with or vote for. If he thinks the party from whom he took money to win the election is such a lousy one, how chickensh*t is it to leave instead of trying to make it better?

 

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  posted on 12/23/2009 at 12:13 AM
This dip$hit should have run as a Republican instead of posing as a Democrat to get elected. I hate when these phony ba$tards flip parties after being elected. It shouldn't even be allowed until his next election. He is not governing as he was elected, for who elected him. I am becoming convinced that our government will never get anything accomplished with our two party obstructionist system.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2009 at 01:38 AM
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I am becoming convinced that our government will never get anything accomplished with our two party obstructionist system.
That would place you in direct opposition to our system of govt - especially limited Federal govt - as established by the Founders. Our system was purposely designed to hamstring swift and aggressive actions of the central govt, which typically result in power grabs and loss of liberty for the citizen.

How "doing something" has become accepted as necessary by the central govt is a triumph of politicians seeking to rule a population ignorant of their founding principles and blindly giving up their liberty for the illusion of security. These conditions usually don't result in good outcomes for the average person.

 

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