March 5th, 2010
01:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Tea Partiers, Democrats unite

Rep. Parker Griffith and Rep. John Boehner are scheduled to appear together at a fundraiser next week that has drawn the ire of local groups.
Rep. Parker Griffith and Rep. John Boehner are scheduled to appear together at a fundraiser next week that has drawn the ire of local groups.

Washington (CNN) – An Alabama congressman has managed to inspire a certain level of political bipartisanship, but not in a way that will make his colleagues jealous.

Former Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith rocked the political world in December when he switched parties and announced he would seek re-election as a Republican.

And now, only a few months later, his decision has prompted an unlikely coalition to form that is opposed to his re-election.

Democrats, Republicans and politically likeminded groups aligned with both political parties announced they will protest a fundraiser scheduled for March 8, in Huntsville. The headliner: House Minority Leader John Boehner.

Huntsville Tea Party, Left In Alabama, Athens-Limestone Tea Party Patriots, AAMU Democrats Student Club, The Dale Jackson Show, North Alabama Healthcare for All, Madison County Republican Executive Committee, and the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee issued a joint statement Friday announcing their intent to protest.

The involved parties share a goal, but have vastly different motivations. The Huntsville Tea Party said they will use the event to send GOP leaders the message that Griffith isn't their first choice.

"We are sending a message to the national Republican establishment: stay out of our primary," said Christie Carden, founder of the Huntsville Tea Party. "We also want to support the true conservative candidates that Tea Party activists and the local GOP have gotten behind ... We're pushing back against the political machine."

On the other side of the aisle, the AAMU Democrats Student Club took a swing at Griffith for abandoning the Democratic Party.

"We want it to be clear that our opposition is not based on his politics but rather his complete lack of integrity and character," said club president Sharda Lofton. "It is our position that Mr. Griffith is an unprincipled opportunist lacking the kind of values and political ability to make critical decisions in the best interest of the citizens of North Alabama."


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  1. Joey

    He voted against the Stimulus, he voted against Cap and Trade, and he voted against Healthcare.

    We need more like him!

    March 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. What A Farce

    Democrats aligned with Tea Partiers are nothing but Blue Dogs. Alot moderate democrats are in for a rude awakening 11/4/10. Get Left, or get left behind.

    March 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Grog in Ohio

    "Former Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith rocked the political world in December when he switched parties..."

    "rocked the political world"??? Really? Prone to overstatement much?

    March 5, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Do us all a big favor, Huntsville - run The Boner (orange man) out of town on a rail. (Watch out for his friends in the white sheets and hats, tho).

    March 5, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. peter

    What I can say is: he is "insane."

    March 5, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    This is priceless. This loser Griffin jumped ship and now he might just lose his seat, I love it almost as much as I love the fact this moron thought being a republician was better. Well stupid nobody wants you, you are now disguarded trash, which is what the GOP stand for anyway, trash.

    March 5, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. MR AMERICA

    The Tea Baggers are hurting the GOP. Look at what happened in Texas...none of their major endorsements won.

    Fringe loonies never gain traction, they just hurt the next closest party.

    Which, in this case, is awesome.

    March 5, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Buh bye Parker. Nobody likes you.

    March 5, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. .....

    these teabaggers are just a bunch of hateful racists boneheads! just like their partners in crime, republicans!

    March 5, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Duck Fallas

    What an opportunity for polar political opposites to come together and bond.

    After the protest, there can be an armpit hair weaving contest, Teabag men against Leftie women, followed by a belching contest, Teabag women against each other.

    March 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom

    Amazing the strange bed fellows! They should protest Parker Griffith who is an opportunist. He switched parties depending on how the 'winds blow'? Like LIEberman, who was a Democrat and now an "Independent" who is really a closeted Republican!

    March 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. steve

    This just shows there is no difference in either party and birds of a feather flock together. That's why our country is going down the tubes.

    March 5, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Tony

    Well in fairness it IS Alabama... not a state known for progressive ideas... or an overly educated population.

    March 5, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    "politics make strange bedfellows" could ring no more truer than this!

    March 5, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. one voice

    The teaparty has been protesting on the wrong side of the fence. They need to go after the very party that got us into this huge mess: THE GOP!!! The GOP don't care about Average Americans like the teaparty, they want to take us to the cleaners. The GOP goal is to make the rich RICHER, while the rest of us eat bread and water. Our forefathers would roll over in their graves if they knew what the GOP were all about. Protest wallstreet and big business to let them know that the Average American wants a piece of the pie!!!

    March 5, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Oh please...CNN is totally over-hyping the tea klux klan. I mean really...they make-up only 1% if that of the voters, yet CNN keeps promoting them and Sarah Palin 24/7.

    March 5, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. haren

    Problem with American is they don't have patience.
    This economy went down because of Republican's policy of last 8 years appeasing big corporation and rich people.
    We are going in right direction under Obama but it will take little patience, if we don't have than, elect all that crook again who filled their pockets for last 8 years.
    Are you going to hang Obama if he predicted wrong that unemployment will be 8% and it is 9.7%
    How about finding Osama bin laden,WMD,and Iraq war finance buy Oil revenue, robust economy with Tax cut to rich and Trickle down economy.
    BEFORE YOU BRING ALL THAT CROOK IN NOVEMBER THINK AGAIN.

    March 5, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    The 2 party system, leaves no room for anyone else, and indeed, both parties have done everything possible to prevent any other political parties from gaining any ground.

    So......anyone who becomes disenchanted with their party, has only one other choice, now don't they????

    March 5, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Bertina

    About time bipartisanship actually shows up in the most unlikely of places.

    March 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Chad

    This is what we need to do all across the country! Join up against the politicians who are purely interested in keeping their jobs. It doesn't matter if they're Republican, Democrats, or Independents. Too many politicians say one thing when one party is in power and do something else when the other party is in power. We need to hold them accountable for their political opportunism and their outright lies.

    March 5, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. cspurgeon

    Term Limits. Thats something maybe the majority of citizens can agree on. One six year term and no long term benefits. Go get a job like the rest of us.

    March 5, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Tea Partiers are finding it more than difficult in having things their way. Republican leaders are getting rich at the expense of Tea baggers who do all the "dirty" work like, protesting in the rain and snow and not being offered a single dime to attend their $500 dinners, not even airfare. Welcome to the Republicans World tea baggers, if there was ever any possibility of being a legitimate party it was ruined by ugly disgraceful displays and Republicans are trying to separate themselves.

    March 5, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. bxgrrl

    GIve it up folks we have a uniparty that is two sides of the same counterfeit coin. It's a "choice" between the Won't Party (GOP) and the Can't Party (Dems) but the result is the same.

    March 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Mattison Brooks

    So essentially, no one knows who to support or what to do, because without a party identity to cling to, the sheep have to think for themselves.

    And I'm saying that TO ALL PARTYS. Democrats AND Republicans.

    March 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. bamboozer

    Would LOVE to be there but short of cash. Bummer! Should be interesting, hoepfully we'll get a Boehner quote.

    March 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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