Democratic congressman Parker Griffith to switch to Republican

December 22, 2009

Blue Dog Parker Griffith of Alabama is making the switch:

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. 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.

Me: This is a district that McCain won with 61 percent of the vote. Griffith voted against the stimulus and has stated that he would not vote again for Nancy Pelosi as speaker. The Dems will now have a 40 seat majority in the House.

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Unless he suddenly becomes senator, it matters not.

Posted by Gary F. | Report as abusive

This district has been D since reconstruction. It’s a big deal.

Posted by Matt B | Report as abusive

Many people are tempted by the greener grass on the other side… this demonstrates a weakness of conviction, lack of purpose individual….

Posted by daveM | Report as abusive

Let him go. He barely won. He’s either in the pocket of the insurance industry or simply out of touch with the needs and wants of his constituency.

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