December 22nd, 2009
01:23 PM ET
8 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. Aaron

    The hypocrisy of the average libbie is staggering.

    December 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. gerald paddock

    hope they vote you out period you people need a reality check

    December 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It happens. Perhaps he recognized early on in the game that he was really in it for himself and not for the people he's supposed to represent. A caveat: don't think about coming back, we've learned our lesson from Kermit Lieberman. And lock the door behind you. Ta-ta!

    December 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Tarheel

    I have to admire him for voing against the stupid Obama policies. He deserves a chance simply for going against the Democratic majority and voting like his District wanted him too. He is probably not the last Democrat who will come to their senses and change parties before the next election. It's going to be a bloodbath for the Dems.

    December 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Mike

    Love the comments, tolerance and Democrat apparently don't go in the same sentence........

    December 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. David

    Looks like a closet case to me.

    December 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. bobby

    make up your mind idiot

    December 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Shawn Williams

    America is turning into nothing but a bunch of complaining whiny pathetic babies. And you wonder why the rest of the world laughs at us...

    December 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Citizen Abroad

    Hey! You know! It is starting to look as though the Republicans will be taking the lead in 2010. Because they can not be BOUGHT like the Democrates

    December 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. John, Lancaster

    Just another self serving political opportunist who thinks he'll have a better chance of getting reelected as a Republican but maybe he'll get surprised when election time comes. The Democrats will undoubtedly throw everything they've got at this opportunistic Benedict Arnold. His party switch obviously has nothing to do with conviction or he would not have run as a Democrat in the past. Let's hope he gets ejected from his job in the next election.

    December 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. sniffit makes me glad to be conservative

    welcome aboard!

    December 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. ben

    good job! hopefully there will be more democrats switch party because of the liberals that make the US sinks more into debt. too much spending & this helath care bill that majority of Americans especially the old people don't want.

    very smart man. welcome to the party. for sure you will get re-elected comes 2010. the democrats will lose this 2010 & 2012. watchout!

    December 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Jim

    An Alabama Democrat? Give me a break. Take the other Blue Dogs with you! and good riddance........pick up Sen Joe Lie...,.berman on your way.

    December 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. prairieguy

    Sounds like he has always been a Republican but saw the wave last yr and pretended he was a Dem...he is just going back to his true roots
    No loss since he never voted with the Dems in the first place!

    December 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Sandi

    No big loss here. Alabama's better off without this one. He must want to retire from politics early!

    December 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Griffith

    This guy is an embarrassment to those who elected him, makes me feel ashamed my last name is Griffith.

    December 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Jamie

    Good luck! But GOP are looking to recruit those as Griffith – which may work on 1 seat but won't work as an overall strategy.

    December 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Jacquie

    The Dems need to WEED OUT all the DINO's like this one, and the Blue Dogs, I will not provide contributions to any more Democratic causes until there is a campaign fund to rid the party of these jerks. We voted in Dems and they just want to screw everything up. All they wanted was to get elected so they could use DEM money to get there. Now they are in Congress they betray those who voted for them. So the Dems need a revolt and that is, all money goes to the Dem challengers of these traitors to the American people. I paid my contributions over and over when ever they hit me, for a majority in Congress and all we got was the same old crap. I am not being represented by progressives, and the "corpocracy" continues.

    December 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Ken in Gainesville

    Good riddance!

    December 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Clint

    Good riddance.

    December 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. DALE

    If the switch is due to ideoligical dffrences so be it. It it's just an attempt to keep his seat, I hope his state runs him out on a rail.

    December 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Cindy

    This man has insight and is ahead of the curve, he won’t be the last, the Democrats / liberals are preparing for loses in 2010 and 2012, in 1994 historians say the Democrat loses was a slaughter; the 2010 and 2012 election cycle is going to be a massacre. No one is going to vote for these Democrats / liberals.

    December 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. james

    He certainly looks and votes like a republican. I don't think the dems lost anything with this switch.

    December 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Liberal wingnut

    What do you expect when the democrat party became the socialist party of America!

    December 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Jann in Denver

    There is nothing worse than a weak Democrat. Good riddance!

    December 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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