Parker Griffith Republican congressman, Griffith switches to GOP, Alabama representative Griffith at odds with Democrat Party, Health care bill, Huntsville AL district

From Politico, December 22, 2009.

“Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP”

“POLITICO learns Rep. Parker Griffith will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.”

“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.”

“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 — Griffith 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.””

Read more:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/30896.html

Thanks to commenter Patriot Dreamer.

55 responses to “Parker Griffith Republican congressman, Griffith switches to GOP, Alabama representative Griffith at odds with Democrat Party, Health care bill, Huntsville AL district

  1. I don’t care what his medical background is. Unless he is willing to sign a pledge to vote only for legislation that is Constitutional and willing to open hearings for redress when crimes have been committed (i.e. Obama usurpation of POTUS) he is just another politician trying to save his arse.

  2. The Law of Nations…..The natives or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As a society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, this child naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights.

    The U.S. Constitution. To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations.

  3. Obama is meeting with CEO’s of community banks etc trying to get them to lend to small businesses – only to find out that no one is asking for loans due to no confidence in his administration.

  4. O a republican plant? He isn’t smart enough to pull that off

  5. Thanks for this post, CW.

    IMHO, this is nonsense…much the same as Specter changing parties…why?

    How did he vote on the House Health Care Bill? Anyone know? No matter…IMHO, this is more posturing or maybe, another diversion from what is going on in the Senate this week.

    That is why I am a “No Party” voter; both parties are corrupt and if it is true they merely play off of each other, then all the more reason NOT to trust any of them.

    Happy Day…Linda

    PS Is this guy afraid of what will happen in 2010? Is he jumping ship to save his own a$$?

    PPS I agree…unless he is going to come out and defend the Constitution, who cares?

  6. DeMint challenges Democrats on rule change in Reid Health bill.

    This is treachery!

  7. Part A.
    #

    Patriot Dreamer // December 22, 2009 at 11:38 am

    ms. helga // December 22, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Wonderful news BUT what will it cost us plain folks at home who have found out both parties are spending us blind with BRIBERY?
    ****************************************
    ms. helga, I don’t know. To be perfectly honest, I’m not happy with either political party right now, but, for me, the number one priority right now is stopping BO and his crazy marxist/fascist pals. We must stop this terrible health care bill (CBO says $2.5 TRILLION!) and amnesty. Everything else I think we can recover from.

    Part B.
    Michelle // December 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    observer @11:28
    Obama: A Republican Plant?

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/27/the-donna-brazile-karl-rove-connection/

    My letter –

    The USA has no political party now. The only decisions made are those from the CIA (Parts A & B). Parts A are the old Republicans and Part B are the new Democrats. They come together every several years at the Bohemian Grove out west and immediately take off all their clothes. After much touchy feelie they decide who is to be the leader of us all. It is said that Henry Kissinger has a “TIGER” tatooed on his butt. Incidently Tiger Woods has been made a lifelong member for his recent (s)exploits. I hope this answers all of the questions one might hav on how we get the President we didn’t vote for.
    Sincerely
    Howard Beale

  8. PIXEL PATRIOT……………………………………..

    I believe that you got that one right. My feelings exactly!

  9. Merry Christmas and Hello to all, Just spoke to congressman Nathan Deal’s office. The letter to O regarding his sealed records and BC has been sent!! Maybe other congressmen and senators will follow suit, there is something that can be done………..Talked to Lisa 770-535-2592…….God bless you all!!

  10. Don in California

    carmen // December 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Merry Christmas and Hello to all, Just spoke to congressman Nathan Deal’s office. The letter to O regarding his sealed records and BC has been sent!!
    ———————-
    Now that is good news, at last!!

  11. HEY GANG——

    I want to wish everybody a MERRY CHRISTMAS, and HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!

    GIVEN WHAT IS AT HAND WE NEED EVERY BIT OF STRENGTH WE CAN MUSTER.

  12. carmen // December 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks, Carmen…great news!

    Did Lisa happen to mention how many signatures there were?

  13. The Extraordinary Measures Needed to Kill the Bill — Updated with Vote Numbers

    http://www.redstate.com/dan_perrin/2009/12
    /20/the-extraordinary-measures-needed-to-kill-the-bill/

  14. oldsalt77 // December 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Hey OldSalt,

    And a very Merry Christmas to you, all the wonderful CWers and of course, CW himself!

    As Tiny Tim put it so very well: ‘God bless us…every one!’

  15. http://www.theobamafile.com

    http://www.wnd.com see u-tube video, Allen West
    Palin/West ticket 2012
    http://www.repubx.com
    http://www.larrysinclair.com
    http://www.orlytaitzesq.com Call REPUBLICANS AND TELL THEM IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONTACCT ORLY TAITZ.ASAP!!! She has DOCUMENTS ON SEVERAL
    ISSUES.Proof ,criminal acts etc.

  16. Happy Winter Solstice

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/12/22/happy-winter-solstice/

    Sorry this is late, but it is beautiful…enjoy!

  17. Video: HHS Secretary Praises Abortion ‘Accounting Trick’ in Senate Bill

  18. Detroit in RUINS! (Crowder goes Ghetto)

  19. Newt Gingrich: Impeach judges – Crush and Replace the Left – 2012 “Victory or Death!”

  20. The FRAUD is postponing his vacation to Hawaii to stay in the White House until the Senate finishes their business…..just in case they need his help…..what a SOB….get you A$$ out of our house NOW!!!!!

  21. Are we angry enough yet? Too much inaction. Time to get in there faces!!!

  22. Thanks SueK, et al.
    Indeed,
    “God bless us every one.”

  23. carry over from last thread;

    I watched the NEWT GINGRICH video that was posted by LM, and have LONG believed that OUR STRONGEST hope lies in electing NEWT GINGRICH as our next POTUS, and Sarah Palin as our next VP. This would be a dream team, and in all probability set new standards for the candidates of our elected offices. This is a ticket that I could vote for at this MOMENT, AND WITHOUT ANY HESITATION!

  24. A commenter on Rush is a small business owner and he says if the small business owners lay off all of their employees and not pay into the government they will bring these SOB’s to their knees with all of the unemployment claims they won’t be able to handle it…..this man is great…..we have to starve the beast…..run real unemployment numbers up….triple them…..the government won’t be able to function!!!!

  25. Carmen – just followed up with Lisa at Congressman Deal’s office to request a copy of the letter. She then referred me to Deal’s Chief of Staff in DC. Unfortunately, his CoS, a Mr. Smith, is gone for the day so I left a vm message asking him to call me back.

    There are two items I will bring up with Mr. Smith. First, to request a copy of the letter and secondly, to inform him about the election fraud complaints sent to six state A’sG to date. And the third item is to ask him if Congressman Deal may consider writing a second letter to Speaker Pelosi requesting “on what basis did you, serving as the DNC 2008 Convention Chair, affirm Obama’s eligibility under Article II of the US Constitution?”

    I’ll keep y’all informed. In the meantime, jbjd, feel free to offer comment so I get it right.

    This is great news btw. It means that his eligibility is being questioned more and more. We need to keep the pressure on AND we need more patriots to file the complaints in their respective states. Please get your butt over to jbjd’s site and start doing your homework. Learn your states election laws.

    There is no better Christmas present in the world that you could give to yourself or your family or your friends or your colleagues or your nation than to file an election fraud complaint with your AG in your respective state. None!

    It’s like Beck said last night, this country is in need of true modern day heroes. Well, be a hero. It’s passed time. Take one look at Lord Monckton’s actions, a Brit, who loved this country enough to come here to warn us and look at the collective results of that warning.

    We know Congressman Deal will get some flim flam response, therefore, it is our collective responsibility to give him some cover, that is, if we can convince him to take the next step.

    Carmen – have you looked up the election laws in your state yet? If not, I beg you to head over to jbjd’s site now to learn what you need to look for. Thank you in advance.

  26. SueK, Lisa Simmons did not say how many signatures were on the letter, I do know he wanted 10. I will be calling back everyday to check and see when and if there is any response from O. Please pray things can be done before the health care can be made permanent….Sue I hope all is well with you and yours..Thanks for being such a help to so many..I have had a lot to do for the Christmas toy drive for the little ones, there is so much lack and so little to make do, with this year..but there has been a HUGH donation of brand new toys in boxes from a biker gang….who would ever have thought it? I will never pass another biker on the road without waving at them!! God Bless

  27. DenisetheMenace

    OT – sort of.

    How about we learn a lesson from history?

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2413070/posts

    We are too timid. Lets get rolling.

  28. Just got this email…..call these people….#’s are here……
    http://healthcare.nrsc.org/action-center/?tr=y&auid=5739472
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Jacqlyn –

    Tomorrow is the last cloture vote to end debate before the Senate votes on whether to hand your health care over to a government bureaucracy. Please, take a moment to contact targeted Democrats and urge them to vote ‘No’ and not be Harry Reid’s 60th vote for the government takeover of health care.

    The only thing this $2.5 trillion legislation will accomplish is raising your taxes and insurance premiums while slashing Medicare funding. You deserve health care reform that reduces costs while raising the standards of care.

    There are only 24 hours left to act. A single reasonable Democrat could stop this massive expansion of the federal government with their ‘No’ vote. Urge them to do so now.

    Sincerely,

    Senator John Cornyn

  29. carmen // December 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    OK, Carmen, many thanks for your efforts; you truly are a sweet soul :).

    I pray daily for America.

    All is fine here with me and my 5 pets. Nothing better than a vacation for Christmas week!

    Good luck with the toy drive, and God bless the bikers! Just heard from a good friend that her grandson’s Christmas gifts, ordered by his Mom and delivered by UPS on Monday, were stolen from their doorstep! I have offered to replace the gifts and am hoping that I’ll be allowed to do that.

    The bikers have been great for your cause; some people, however, have not been so nice. Maybe we can make it right!

    Merry Chrsitmas, Carmen!

  30. Don in California

    Jacqlyn Smith, we still have a chance to kill this bill. After the senate passes, it has to go back to the reps to iron out the differences. Maybe the differences will stall the bill until we can elect real representatives and senators.

  31. #

    Don in California // December 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Jacqlyn Smith, we still have a chance to kill this bill. After the senate passes, it has to go back to the reps to iron out the differences. Maybe the differences will stall the bill until we can elect real representatives and senators.
    ****************************************

    We still need to let these SOB’S know that we are not happy with them and we will be doing everything we can to bring them and their bill down if they vote for it!!!

  32. Jacqlyn Smith…………………………

    Having operated my own business for over 40 years I can attest to the accuracy of the business owner’s statement. In America small business employs over 40% of the total US workforce. While it would be almost impossible for everyone to lay off all of their employees without it being detrimental to the busineass it would create a huge problem for most states. Unemployment insurance is still a state managed entity. Many states are now either severelely in the red, or are approaching it,where the ability to pay unemployment is concerned. These states would be forced to turn to seeking assistance from the FED. Many would probably be turned down dependent upon their governor’s political faith. So this would bring more strife upon the STATES than on the FED. in an immediate scenario. However it could become a serious situation with time. When people are unemployed their first concerns are with paying mortgages, procuring food, and having medical help available to them especially when they have children to take care of. I personally think that before such an action would cause a FEDERAL CRISIS it would cause a serious possible insurrection, or food riots, etc,which could work against the interests of all of us. This is why I said in a earlier comment that we need to be watchful for any opportunity, which presents itself where the situation literally guarantees that what ever we do will bring about the immediate collapse of the SOETORO CLUB.
    We also need a national leader. To do this we need to elect a new POTUS. Somebody like NEWT GINGRICH and Sarah Palin, or perhaps Allen Keyes, and Sarah Palin. I personally prefer NEWT GINGRICH as PRESIDENT, because he knows his way around our alleged government structure than most other candidates. He has been there, and done it. By virtue of having been SPEAKER, he has also had exposure to foreign policy, and I personally think he would act in the best interests of our country instead of trying to kill our country which the jackass in office now seems hell bent on doing.

  33. OldSalt….the guy on the radio believes it will only take a few weeks to bring the FEDs to their knees….they will never be able to handle the unemployment requests on such a large basis….also….I used to like Newt too but I like Keyes better since he is willing to bring the illegitimacy of the FRAUD to the fore front….so far Newt has not done that…..Sarah has done it on a very light basis saying that citizens have a right to question the FRAUD’S credentials and certainly see his birth certificate!!!

  34. Old Salt…..also…Keyes is black and he has the respect of the black community….much more than the FRAUD…Keyes/Palin 2012…..the problem is getting them together…..Keyes believes that Sarah Palin is not enough of a Pro-Lifer…..she is personally Pro-Life but Keyes does not view her as a true Pro-Lifer and he is a real conservative, Pro-Lifer and Constitutionalist….he would be an awesome leader!!!!

  35. I like the Newt Palin ticket too. JS I love Alan Keyes he just doesn’t excite people and we need to get the white house back. He certainly could serve in the cabinet…

  36. Fox news reporting Lindsey Graham and Sen. DeMint contacted SC attorney general to look into legality of Nelson’s deal

  37. scarolina.
    I just heard this.
    It sounds promising.

  38. Patriot Dreamer

    Looks like Tenn. might be looking into it, also. See my post on the new thread.

  39. And the third item is to ask him if Congressman

    Deal may consider writing a second letter to Speaker Pelosi requesting “on what basis did you, serving as the DNC 2008 Convention Chair, affirm Obama’s eligibility under Article II of the US Constitution?”

    I’ll keep y’all informed. In the meantime, jbjd, feel free to offer comment so I get it right.

    d2i, I am so glad you are forging ahead with the fraud complaint (both the actual document and your other advocacy work). The only comment I want to make is this. The fraud to which the complaints posted on my blog refer, is election fraud AND only applies in states with laws that require the name of the candidate appearing on the ballot must be eligible for the job. So, the operative points are fixed in both time and place. 1) NP signed a Certification of Nomination for BO on or about August 27, 2008 in which she swore BO was Constitutionally eligible to become POTUS, which Certification was sent to state election officials to get them to print BO’s name on the November general election ballot. 2) All states receiving these Certifications printed the name of BO next to the D on the general election ballot. 3) In states with laws that require the candidate to be eligible, swearing he is eligible before ascertaining he is eligible, just to get his name printed on the ballot, is fraud. 4) Notwithstanding no laws require state officials to verify the information in these Certifications, citizens asked various members of the DNC on what documentary basis they swore to state election officials BO is Constitutionally eligble for POTUS. The DNC ignored these citizen requests.

    In other words, don’t let people bamboozle you into focusing on what happened in September or October or… We are only interested in learning the rational behind DNC conduct that occurred on or around August 27, 2008. Period.
    http://jbjd.wordpress.com

  40. Now if only DeMint will follow up on the link I gave him for jbjd’s website and find out how Obama’s name was allowed on ballot in SC

  41. OBAMA BEING SUED FOR SECRET ABORTION
    MEETINGS,CALL SENATORS
    Making deals with AARP.BIG PHARMA,PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHERS
    http://WWW.WND.COM ARTICLES

    http://WWW.THEOBAMAFILE.COM
    Give this site and tell them to wake UP
    It Is WE THE PEOPLE,NOT WE THE GOVERNMENT
    Time for them to know who’s who
    Tell them to read RULES FOR RADICALS,OBAMA’S GUIDELINE
    AND STAND UP STRAIGHT,WRITTEN BY A CONVICTED FELON,CREAMER,
    BLUEPRINT FOR HEALTH CARE CAME FROM THIS BOOK.He was at the STATE dinner hob nobbing with OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tell them to read Larry Sinclair’s book
    Barack Obama and Larry SINCLAIR BUY http://WWW.AMAZON.COM
    http://WWW.LARRYSINCLAIR.COM
    This book should give them a JOLT
    TIME TO GET REAL AND GET ALLLLLL
    THE TRUTH OUT

  42. Check out ALLEN WEST,U-TUBE VIDEO
    RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN FLORIDA
    http://WWW.WND.COM

    PALIN/WEST TICKET
    THINK THIS COMBO WILL BE GREAT

  43. I like the Newt Palin ticket too. JS I love Alan Keyes he just doesn’t excite people and we need to get the white house back. He certainly could serve in the cabinet
    *******************************************
    Greg….Newt is too polarizing…..he will not have the grassroots support necessary…he proved that by supporting Scuzz face in NY….nor could he ever get the black vote like Keyes!

  44. #

    Truth Now // December 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Check out ALLEN WEST,U-TUBE VIDEO
    RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN FLORIDA
    http://WWW.WND.COM

    PALIN/WEST TICKET
    THINK THIS COMBO WILL BE GREAT
    *******************************************

    Truth….I like the Palin/West idea too….he would garner the black vote much like Keyes could….and he is a true conservative and Constitutionalist…..however…I think he is running for the Senate now or Congress so he could be ready for the Presidential run just like the FRAUD who never held a job in his life and only a few months in the Senate!!

  45. This is just a part of an email I just received from a fellow AGJ member……check it out at…

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sup_01_18_10_I_20_11.html
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Harry Reid and his co-horts are in complete violation of the Constitution and they are criminals. He bribed Mr Nelson from Nebraska and others with taxpayer money.
    Article I section 8……The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; so any bill they pass must be uniform……… also see Art. I section 9 and 10, the Declaration of Independence and the federal papers. We also need to look very close at the 9th and 10th Amendments. These bribes violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution. I guess what we have to say is what part of the Constitution hasn’t this congress and Senate violated.

    Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and all the other politicians in DC have no respect for Our Constitution or any of our Laws, they believe they are exempt.

  46. **COUPLE O’NEW POSTS**

  47. ABUSE OF POWER,UNDER THE CONSTITUTION
    All should be arrested for not upholding their oath.
    Need to recite their oath weekly.
    Need to persue the threat on the Air Base in Nebraska
    under oath.If true,and most believe it is,this is Treson.RIGHT??? gO GET THEM!!!
    Tell senators to persue this and not let up.
    Heard that dirty Harry has something in the Health Care that can fund ACORN!! This organization and all 300 more need to be brought down.All corrupt and they all lead back to ,guess who?????

    http://www.wnd.com article.Obama being sued for secret meetings on abortion.also backroom deals with AARP,BIG PHARMA,PLANNED PARENTHOOD,AND MORE
    CALL SENATORS.THIS IS ALL BRIBES AND ILLEGAL

  48. Harold D. Powell

    Please Stop the Dems from passing the health
    care “Bill”

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