December 22nd, 2009
01:23 PM ET
7 months ago

House Dem to switch to Republican Party

Griffith is switching to the Republican Party.
Griffith is switching to the Republican Party.

Washington (CNN) - Sources confirm to CNN that Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith will announce Tuesday that he's switching parties and will run for re-election next year as a Republican.

The freshman lawmaker represents Alabama's 5th Congressional District. Griffith won his seat last year by 3 points over Republican Wayne Parker. But the district went for Republican John McCain over Barack Obama by 23 points in the presidential election.

The Republican source was familiar with the decision but didn't want to preempt the announcement later Tuesday. The story was first reported by Politico. A Democratic aide also tells CNN Griffith is holding a staff meeting Tuesday morning to inform his staff of his decision, and will make a formal announcement at 2 p.m. ET.

Griffith was one of 39 Democrats who voted against the party's health care reform bill last month. His is only one of three Democrats to have voted against the health care bill, the stimulus measure, and the cap-and-trade bill.

Griffith pledged in August he would vote against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Speaker next session.

With Griffith's switch of parties, the Democrats will hold a 257-178 advantage in the House of Representatives.

– CNN's Evan Glass and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: Parker Griffith
soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Alan Goldstein

    Go riddance to bad rubbish.

    December 22, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Dolores

    When will we see the day when someone run's; not for themselves? but for the good of the people. And that goes for both sides!!. What happened to making this country better for all people? Not just running for office to get what you can for yourself. If you don't get your way in the Dem party switch to the Rep. It's all about the $$$$$$ and the power. Not the PEOPLE!!!

    December 22, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Russell

    Hehehehe. Looks like some people are waking up to the Mao-wanna-be's in our government. The libtards are going to get a beating in 2010.

    December 22, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Andre

    The Democrats don't need him. He probably was a Republican from inside.

    December 22, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. California_is_dying

    The Rats are fleeing the sinking ship !! Looks like that Hope and Change will happen next November.....

    December 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Rebel With A Cause

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Bubba! Call Sessions and do some "splainin" as to why you ran as a Democrat in the first place.

    December 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Robert

    As a 23 year old Democrat living in Alabama's 5th Congressional district (the north part of the state- think Huntsville, AL), and seeing his voting record, this is extremely disappointing but it does not surprise me. I will NOT be voting for Mr. Griffith as a Republican in 2010, if he even gets the nomination. I had already planned on voting on whoever challenged him in the Democratic primaries next year anyway. Good riddance, perhands we can elect an actual Democrat to represent us in 2010.

    December 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Charly

    Isn't he already a republican, For God's sake, he's from Alabama. All he needs is a hood and cloak.

    December 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Louise

    Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, must be a republiduck, just ask Joe Lieberduck.

    December 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Just follow the money....

    December 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. aware

    This Independent says, "Bravo!"

    December 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. vik

    To all those that feel its wrong for him to swtich parties.

    How about the Specter switching and voting for so call health care reform?? I guess you are fine with that?

    How about breaking the standing rules in Mass about electing a new senator?? Forget the electoral process and just appoint someone becasue you need the vote. I guess you dont care about that either?

    How about Burris being sworn in while there is still questions about if he bought the seat? I guess you dont care abou tthat??

    There are 3 votes that were obtained under questionable circumstances. Lets ignore for a moment the other votes that were bought with my tax dollars.

    Liberals house and senate members includes Reid will soon know what it feels like to be told - you're fired!!!!

    December 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. mark

    now please help save this country!

    December 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Meghan

    I'm from Alabama and the state votes along racial lines and just about every white person votes for a Republican, especially in the southern portion of the state. They're a bunch of bigots; you should hear my Republican family speak behind closed doors. These are the same people who just can't get over the fact that Obama is actually a Christian and still believe he's a closet Muslim! It's a wonder that guy ever got elected in Alabama as a Democrat to begin with. I'm glad I don't live there anymore. The ignorance there makes me sick. If this yahoo is a Republican at heart, I'm glad he's not posing anymore.

    Anyhow, the American people are a fickle bunch. The GOP truly is the Greedy Obstructionist Party. If Americans are so stupid that they'd vote more of the Republicans in, then we'll have to deal with that later. As for me, I'd like to not see another friend die because she didn't have insurance and ended up in a hospital that wanted their bed for the next person and forced her out twice instead of doing the tests that were needed. I'd also like to see our educational system improved so that we aren't the joke of the rest of the industrialized world! I decided I'd never vote as a Republican again when they couldn't even be bothered to fund schools. Ignorance is bliss if you run the GOP!

    December 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Ron in Palm Springs

    Funny when this recently happened with Arlen Specter, the Libs praised him and how he had "Seen the light" & "Had opened his eyes". Now that the tables are turned it's "OMG How could he do this to his voters" or "What a scumbag". Hypocrites! Liberalism works great in Utopia, but not in Real Life.

    December 22, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. SouthPhillyBallz

    How utterly pointless. This guy's switch won't change his votes and is only an attempt to get re-elected by his red-state constituents. He was obviously never a Democrat in the first place. This is seriously a non-issue.

    December 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. JK Ashburn, VA

    A whole bunch of you libs have been complaining about these moderate Dems and your desire to get rid of them. It has begun.

    Now, you'll valiantly talk about how you can run a "real" Dem to re-capture the seat in 2010. Good luck with that. A whole bunch of these moderates won these seats ONLY because they campaigned as moderates (or even conservatives). With the reality of how they voted on idiotic things like stimulus, the budget, health care, and cap and trade, they'll now either be proven to be moderates or not and their districts will react accordingly.

    Either way, libs, you'll get your way - fewer moderate Democrats. But, they won't be showing up in the lib column either.

    December 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Joey

    Griffith only won last year because he was running against an even bigger loser. There are two more popular Republicans already in the primary. 2010 will now almost certainly see the first Republican from the Alabama 5th since Reconstruction.

    And to whoever asked, yes Wallace was a democrat before he created a 3rd party. All of the pro-segregation heavyweights were democrats. How quickly they forget...

    December 22, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. jm for sc

    Alabama is a republican state. He is switching parties because he want to win. Follow his career and see if he doesn't lose his next election.

    Obama will win his next election regardless of how people try to make things seem. How can people be so foolish to think this president can correct Bush's mess in only a few months.

    People really don't understand what is going on. Republicans will say anything to get back in power. Some can't stand the idea of having a black leader, which is the main problem for most people. I guess if they get to heaven and find that God is not of their race, they would want to live in hell.

    Obama 2012

    December 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. C Spurgeon

    Well with ethics like that he belongs in the republican party...Hopefully they can find a democrat to beat him but either way don't need wimps like that to pretend they are a dem...

    December 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. HD

    I'm just amazed. Here is another politician that's putting a political party first and the best interests of the country second. Who cares if he's a Republican or Democrat. Clearly this headline seeking tool is not a man of independent thought and needs to hide behind political party games. Neither party is good for this country, but this guy is just blowing with wind to get re-elected.

    December 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Flex

    Alabama is a good for nothing, bible thumping, gay hating, sexist, racist, classist, anti-semitic, republican, fly over black hole. We should charge the state for all of the war funding!

    December 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Gene

    He was just another dixiecrat. No big lost @ all.

    December 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Mr Joshua

    Could be he saw Rasmuessens poll. 56 percent now disaprove of Obama's policies. He just does not want to be associated with a one term President that is going to be remembered far worse than Carter currently is. Ole Jimmy must be very happy!

    December 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. American Feminist

    ima goodblogger-
    you realize that only 30% of registered voters call themselves true Republicans, right? Next election, those of us who are "disenchanted" with the Democrats aren't going to vote for a RepubliCANT. We just possibly won't vote. I'm not going to forget who screwed up our nation, and neither will the remaining 70% of voters.
    HINT: It wasn't the Democrats.

    December 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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