December 22nd, 2009
01:23 PM ET
11 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


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soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Jackalope

    Where is this guy from? Oh yeah, Alabama, home of George Wallace. Big surprise. He was a DINO anyway.

    December 22, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. The Root Word of Progressive is Progress

    Good! Glad to see him go . . . we don't want or need him.

    December 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Tom in VA

    I wonder how the people that voted for him feel about his betrayal.

    Great...another fear mongerer inour midst. Just what the country needs. More fear... more lies... more stagnation.

    December 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. popduds.com

    I'm so sick of politicians flip flopping their core beliefs to pander to voters. It is unbelievably transparent, I pray the dolts in Alabama can see through this ruse.

    December 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Black Viper

    Politicians doing what ever it takes to remain in congress or senate for life.
    I will never vote for any politician (Republican or Democrat) that switched party for reelection. It shows how selfish they are, it's shows what kind of person they are. They are driven by money and power not to represent the best interest of the people in their districts or states.

    December 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Scott in Atlanta

    Good! Bye!

    December 22, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. JFKimberley

    It's bad enough for a Republican to switch to Democrat or Independent but it can't get much worse for a Democrat to switch to the Republicans. A traitor of the First Order.

    December 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Marion/Birmingham,Al

    Seen the writting on the wall.

    December 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. MaryJo

    At least he is admitting he's a Republican! There are a few others who need to look in the mirror and see who is staring back at them. I certainly have no problem distinguishing between Republicans and Democrats. I don't know why these Congressmen and Senators do.

    December 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. tee

    Good bye.....nice knowing you......Its all about the win.....see ya

    December 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Vets4Obama

    Good. Get rid of the posers who do not actually agree with the reconstructing this nation. Let those who wish to ruin this country switch the side of the domestic terrorists. It's easier to spot the traitors that way.

    December 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Sparky

    It's only the beginning....

    December 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. CommonSense09

    First of all, who is Parker Griffith? Looks like he's trying to get re-elected to me by any way possible....even if he has to switch sides! Good luck loser!

    December 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Disappointed in poli-TRICK-tians

    Whaaaat a worm! Not that he switched parties, that he switched for obviously career-centri reasons. Stand up for your beliefs, Dern you! This is pathetic. All about re-election, I see. Many other Dems have probably contemplated this move, though. Fractured party now more evident than ever. All too recently fractured Repubs looking strong in the face of severe Democratic schism. A nation in tatters, and the common rallying cry? blame Barack. What a nation of crybabies we've become!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. dan smith

    All the rats are abandoning the ship before it sinks.

    December 22, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. dar

    comming to his sense's and saving his job, or is he putting on a differant coat untill he gets reelected. We will see

    December 22, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Jim

    If he is spouting the Republican line and voting Republican, then I guess he should get in the right party.

    December 22, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Indy

    Anyone that would step into the fear, hate and lies of Republicans is not going to garner much support. Maybe he got tired of having to work and wants to go to the party of no and will enjoy stopping progress. Mind boggling on so many levels.Enjoy working with Rus, Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh ! They will be your new audience

    December 22, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. gt

    one thing for sure ,,, any body but nutty nancy,,,,

    December 22, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Pam

    That’s ok AL (D) are really (R) anyway. Anyone from Alabama is too stupid to know the difference anyway. They don't need such things as learnin and schools. They got guns and sisters to keep them happy.

    December 22, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. No More Incumbents

    Another one bites the dust.

    December 22, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. ohio citizen

    When you consider how this guy voted, he's no loss to the Democratic party. A majority is only a majority when you count the votes. Counting party affiliation is only an indicator of vote potential.

    At least now the Democrats can run a candidate who might vote with the party and the President. This is a good deal for all concerned.

    December 22, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Welcome !

    Glad to have this Congressman in the GOP. Anybody else ? All who have their heads screwed on right are welcome.

    December 22, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Tom in FL

    Why was this guy a Democrat in the first place? Perhaps he was not sufficiently afraid of gay marriage, or didn't hate Mexicans enough, or maybe read a book from time to time. Loyal Republicans had best be wary.

    December 22, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. WBW826

    Good Riddance! The country need individual that care about the people and not just the country. Please don't take the ride alone, take Libermann with you!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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