December 22nd, 2009
01:23 PM ET
10 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. LP

    Might as well switch sides. The Party on the Left is now the party on the right. It's shameful America.

    December 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. HGM MA

    But this slime had no problem milking a 6 digit amount from the DNC to win his campaign?? Is it to late to allow the south to secede out of the Union? I think we would be a better country without them.

    December 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. cardog

    THe only thing that needs to be said about this guy is No great loss and good riddance.

    December 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. samuel

    career politician how i wish he loses.

    December 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Let the liar go back to the party of scumbags.

    December 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. ima goodblogger

    He is trying to save his future political career. I wonder how many more democrats will follow suit? They are starting to realize no one is going to vote Democrat in November 2010. Just remember it only counts if you change sides before this bill passes. Before the vote.

    December 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. John K

    Oh my, an Alabama Republican! What next, a dog that barks?

    December 22, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Virginian

    If the rest of the Democrats have any sense they'll get off this bandwagon too. None of them will be re-elected after this health care debacle.

    ps – you neglected to report that Griffith is a radiation oncologist.

    December 22, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Ready for 2012

    Sir, I congratulate you for a wise decision.

    December 22, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    (I GUESS) Self preservation isn't a bad thing when it doesn't hurt the balance of power.
    Seems cowardly, and shows a certain lack of comfort with the process, his beliefs and/or the people to which he panders.

    December 22, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. tom

    when you look at the loosers that the GOP has for leadership, you can't find any with an IQ. So they need fresh blood and this is one way of doing it. There are always fools ready to make a name for themselves ..... they are called one termers. Good Riddance

    December 22, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. orin hollander

    this is a switch?
    With friends like this you don't need any enemies!

    December 22, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Linda

    Good riddance to bad rubbish! Here's a rat who can't even wait until the ship is sinking to scurry off. Let the turncoat traitor go and join his like-minded brethren.

    December 22, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. lovable liberal

    Good riddance! The losers can have you.

    December 22, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Ellen

    If this tool's constituency can't see through this phony, they deserve him.

    December 22, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Fools

    Dear democrats and liberals– I am one of millions of libertarians and independants who can't stand either party. So as you blast away at the GOP I can only sit back and laugh because they are only one group who can't stand you!

    December 22, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. John MacDaniel, Huntsville AL

    Good riddance!

    NOW is the time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their country – and NOT the party of "NO!!".

    December 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Mike in Dallas

    Good Riddance! There are probably a few more that should be sent to the remedial class,,er,, I mean party.

    December 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Eric

    He has chosen to leave the darkside...

    Welcome to the light!

    December 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Dex, Houston TX

    Like I've said before, there are as many Democrats as there are Republicans with a deep seeded hatred for President Obama and they have vowed not to support this president by any means necessary...let us not forget the Dems who demonized then Senator Obama during the primaries against Hilary Clinton. Those tactics just don't disappear over night.
    Let the sleaze-bag go...he will lose!

    December 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. janetlaw

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out – SO unfair to his voters who voted him IN possibly because he was in a particular party. Buh-bye.

    December 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Stephanie

    I only wish we could secede, then I, as a hardworking American who pays for everything I need myself and doesn't depend on hand-outs, wouldn't have to pay for slackers and people who don't want to get a job's healthcare. I am so sick of giving my money away to the government so they can fund medicaid and welfare and foodstamps. People need to get off their lazy a$$ and get a job!

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

    this is so transparent it's sickening.

    He's afraid he'll lose his seat. He's scared of the racists that won't vote him in because he has, up till now, seemed to support Obama.

    They should go with the other Republican, not this piece of trash.

    December 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. eww

    I will contribute to his democratic opponent.

    December 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Henry

    If he thinks switching to another weak party is going to fix anything, he may as well be looking for another job. Come on people, we really need to vote them all out and start from scratch.

    The only way to fix the real problem is to start from scratch with new people and have them learn the right way.

    December 22, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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