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Exclusive: Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP
Politico ^ | 12/22/2009 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR

Posted on 12/22/2009 8:05:01 AM PST by Danae

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 a senior GOP aide familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place in this afternoon in his home district in northern Alabama.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: 111th; alabama; democratnomore; gop; griffith; housesenate; parker; parkergriffith; realignment; republican; switch
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Welcome to the LIGHT Brother! God bless ya!
1 posted on 12/22/2009 8:05:03 AM PST by Danae
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To: Danae

He saw the polls!


2 posted on 12/22/2009 8:06:06 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Remember the reason for the season.)
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To: Danae

Run a conservative against him in the next primary.


3 posted on 12/22/2009 8:06:27 AM PST by myself6
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To: Danae

Did he vote for or against the debacle...


4 posted on 12/22/2009 8:06:42 AM PST by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Danae

He was blind, but can now see.


5 posted on 12/22/2009 8:06:55 AM PST by demkicker (Helping Democrats Become Extinct)
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To: Danae

The first sign of the Rats deserting the sinking ship. How will the Socialist media cover it up.


6 posted on 12/22/2009 8:06:57 AM PST by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: Danae

And so it begins.


7 posted on 12/22/2009 8:07:36 AM PST by NeoCaveman (you betcha)
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To: Danae

Saw the light? Likely wants to run with the RINOs.


8 posted on 12/22/2009 8:07:58 AM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Danae

Another RINO—hey pal we don’t need ya!


9 posted on 12/22/2009 8:08:04 AM PST by notaliberal (Palin supporter)
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To: Danae

do anything to get re-elected ?


10 posted on 12/22/2009 8:08:23 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: Danae

Do not trust them. Remember at 1994 and the large number of switches - what did it get us. More RINO’s.


11 posted on 12/22/2009 8:08:36 AM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Sybeck1

Whatever, we’ll take him. Whatever it takes to stop the bill. That should be our first priority at this stage.


12 posted on 12/22/2009 8:08:51 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Sybeck1
"While the timing of his announcement was unexpected, Griffith’s party switch will not come as a surprise to those familiar with his voting record, which is one of the most conservative among all Democrats.

He has bucked Democratic leadership on nearly all of its major domestic initiatives, including the stimulus package, health care legislation, the cap-and trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.

He was one of only 11 House Democrats to vote against the stimulus. The Obama administration’s decision to scrap plans to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe further frustrated Griffith, according to GOP sources, since his home district contains the base for Boeing’s ground-based missile defense research.

Ironically, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman called Griffith a “woefully ineffective advocate for Tennessee Valley jobs” after the decision was announced in September.

Signs of Griffith’s dissatisfaction with his party began to surface publicly during the summer recess, when he received an earful of criticism from constituents. In August—one month after Republicans picked up his former state legislative seat in a special election—he told a local newspaper that he wouldn't vote for Nancy Pelosi to remain as House Speaker because she's too divisive. He joked that if she didn’t like it, he’d provide her with a gift certificate to a mental health center.

He added that if the Democratic leadership wouldn't commit to working in a more bipartisan manner, "perhaps we should look at altering that."



13 posted on 12/22/2009 8:08:51 AM PST by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: Danae

Tip of the iceberg.


14 posted on 12/22/2009 8:08:54 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Danae

Wouldn’t it be nice if this is the beginning of a trend of worried Dems who like their jobs and want to be re-elected. Lets hope the rest who don’t follow get defeated in 2010.


15 posted on 12/22/2009 8:09:28 AM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued

We finally have Buddy Cramer’s seat!


16 posted on 12/22/2009 8:09:34 AM PST by yongin
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To: Danae

Pelosi’s flying monkeys are circling his district looking for him


17 posted on 12/22/2009 8:09:39 AM PST by silverleaf (More folks being invited to the White House for Holiday parties than are being sent to Afghanistan)
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To: Danae

Hey, sounds to me like he is more conservative than John McCain.

I can live with that.


18 posted on 12/22/2009 8:09:51 AM PST by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: Danae

RINO. Alabama, please defeat him in the primary and run a conservative!


19 posted on 12/22/2009 8:09:59 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Danae

I label is only a label...what are his stands on positions of importance to conservatives?


20 posted on 12/22/2009 8:10:01 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Danae

Time to slay the fatted calf!


21 posted on 12/22/2009 8:10:13 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("I don't give them Hell / I tell the truth about them / And they think it's Hell" -- Harry Truman)
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To: tubebender
He voted against it. Not sure if he did because he is truly opposed to it or out of political expediency, and I'm not sure what the rest of his voting record looks like.

But at this point right now, we need pretty much anyone we can get, so welcome to the good guy team, Congressman.

22 posted on 12/22/2009 8:10:27 AM PST by jpl
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To: Danae

Anything that pisses off liberals makes my day.


23 posted on 12/22/2009 8:10:33 AM PST by bergmeid (obama. With a small o.)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

From the sound of it to the Right of McCain.


24 posted on 12/22/2009 8:10:49 AM PST by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: notaliberal
Another RINO—hey pal we don’t need ya!

Right. But a RINO can serve a purpose - a temporary placeholder upon which to build a Republican majority. Until we can get a conservative in.

25 posted on 12/22/2009 8:10:49 AM PST by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: Danae; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; BillyBoy; darkangel82; LdSentinal; ...

Shocking development out of Alabama. This district has not had a Republican represent it since at least the start of Reconstruction, 1868.


26 posted on 12/22/2009 8:10:54 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Danae
Also from the article,

A radiation oncologist who founded a cancer treatment center, Griffith plans to blast the Democratic health care bill as a prime reason for his decision to switch parties—and is expected to cite his medical background as his authority on the subject.

While the timing of his announcement was unexpected, Griffith’s party switch will not come as a surprise to those familiar with his voting record, which is one of the most conservative among all Democrats.

He has bucked Democratic leadership on nearly all of its major domestic initiatives, including the stimulus package, health care legislation, the cap-and trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.

He was one of only 11 House Democrats to vote against the stimulus.

(snip)

After the November off-year elections, he told POLITICO that he wanted to be called an independent Blue Dog and not a Democrat. He said the point of the elections was clear: “I should be nervous.”

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Griffith now has $619,000 in the bank to run as a Republican, a total boosted by contributions from several of the party’s more-liberal leaders. The political action committee of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer donated $10,000 to Griffith’s reelection this year, and even Pelosi chipped in $4,000—prior to his August remarks.

Sounds more conservative than a whole lot of 'pubbies.

27 posted on 12/22/2009 8:11:33 AM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Danae

while I agree we don’t need more RINOS, extending the lifeboat to a few wavering Blue Dogs might just be the last chance to stop this whole thing. (wish we could have done that with Ben Nelson, but he was probably demanding that the Pentagon be moved to Omaha)


28 posted on 12/22/2009 8:11:35 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Danae

Don’t be so fast. He’s an asshat. He’s only switching parties to try to stay in power. That’s the ONLY reason.


29 posted on 12/22/2009 8:11:50 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Danae

Rep. Parker Griffith is just moving from the Democrat wing to the Republican wing of the same damn government house. or maybe mansion since he is a member of the ruling class.


30 posted on 12/22/2009 8:12:12 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: notaliberal
Another RINO—hey pal we don’t need ya!

But it's interesting to note that he's doing this at the beginning of his career instead of later when he's got his hands dirty year after year and switches for political expedience ala Arlen Spector.

Maybe he was disgusted by what he saw during his short tenure as a Democrat. Or maybe he's just a Trojan horse.

31 posted on 12/22/2009 8:12:38 AM PST by TheThinker
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To: jpl

I was about to say, he’s only been in the House since January, too new to even see his overall voting record for the year.


32 posted on 12/22/2009 8:12:48 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I thought this was coming (not from him as I don’t know who he is) but when I heard that Pelosi had waved off 30-40 Blue Dogs as “transitional seats” that the Libs could afford to lose, it HAD to put some of them to thinking as to just WHAT they are doing in that party.


33 posted on 12/22/2009 8:12:55 AM PST by laconic
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To: fieldmarshaldj

That may not bode well for him in 2010.


34 posted on 12/22/2009 8:13:02 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Danae

NO MORE RINOS!................


35 posted on 12/22/2009 8:14:44 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: Danae

Use him for all he’s worth then kick him to the curb in the next election.


36 posted on 12/22/2009 8:14:45 AM PST by WackySam (To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.)
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To: Danae

I’m not sure what his whole record is, but there’s a lot to appreciate in that post. Thanks.

If the guy’s heart isn’t with the Democrats, we should welcome him.

If he is a RINO, we should also replace him. If not, I’m glad to have him.


37 posted on 12/22/2009 8:14:53 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night! (remember the reason for the season))
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To: Danae

Most likely the start of a trend. The true conservative Democrats in the house jumping ship. I hope when they have his press conference, there is reference to the fact that his party is not diverse enough to accept all kinds of ideas, you know the Arlen Specter speech. I know that the MSM will not cover it like they did ole Snarlin Arlen’s jump..


38 posted on 12/22/2009 8:15:08 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Haiku Guy

Watch these party switchers. This could be another Raum Emmanuel crisis ploy. The poser-in-chief’s ratings are plummeting and rats may be abandonning a perceived sinking ship. Myself6, you’re right to ask for a conservative to run against this person in the primaries.


39 posted on 12/22/2009 8:15:12 AM PST by yorkie01
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To: TheThinker

Even Winston Churchill changed parties early in his career. So maybe there is hope.

By their fruits you shall know them.


40 posted on 12/22/2009 8:16:18 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: notaliberal

Do we know that? Being from AL - he might actually be relatively conservative. How has he voted?


41 posted on 12/22/2009 8:16:22 AM PST by RockinRight (The sleeping giant has been awoken, and he's PISSED.)
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To: Danae

This and Hussien’s plummetting poll numbers (-21 today at Ras.) is proof that something is very amiss on the Dum side.

Believe me, Deathcare is causing this and it will be more and more difficult to pass in January or February.


42 posted on 12/22/2009 8:16:36 AM PST by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: Danae

Don’t knock it. He’s a DOCTOR and likely sees the downside of Obamacare. Hopefully he’ll be an ally.


43 posted on 12/22/2009 8:16:44 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Danae

Infiltrating the right is more likely. I don’t put anything past these thugs.


44 posted on 12/22/2009 8:16:50 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: DoughtyOne

Well said. He voted against the bill so he does have some blue dog credibility.


45 posted on 12/22/2009 8:17:06 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Danae

Here’s what our local talk radio host is saying about his switch:

http://theattackmachine.wordpress.com/


46 posted on 12/22/2009 8:17:08 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: murron

In what way ? The district is Republican at the Presidential level, it was merely about the last one to fall at the Congressional level in AL. If he is defeated in the GOP primary, we’ll still likely hold it. He won only narrowly last year against a GOP retread candidate from the ‘90s.


47 posted on 12/22/2009 8:17:18 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: myself6
Run a conservative against him in the next primary.

Oh, THAT'LL encourage others to make the jump. Endorse him and give him money.

48 posted on 12/22/2009 8:17:29 AM PST by nina0113
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............


49 posted on 12/22/2009 8:17:29 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: myself6

[Run a conservative against him in the next primary.]

Exactly. The last thing we need are more RINOs.


50 posted on 12/22/2009 8:17:49 AM PST by KansasGirl
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