March 6th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
4 years ago

A political ad's second life

A controversial 2008 campaign ad featuring Rep. Parker Griffith has resurfaced.
A controversial 2008 campaign ad featuring Rep. Parker Griffith has resurfaced.

Washington (CNN) – When Rep. Parker Griffith was campaigning as a Democrat in Alabama's 5th district, Republicans released a political ad attacking his record as a physician.

"What kind of man is Parker Griffith?" the advertisement's narrator asked. "An independent medical review tells you all you need to know. Numerous internal complaints were lodged about the care Griffith was providing. Griffith was warehousing cancer patients, under dosing them so he could make more profits through protracted treatments. His approach caused unwarranted pain and suffering. But it meant more money for him."

But that was 2008 – more than a year before Griffith switched parties to become a Republican. This week, the Alabama congressman was chosen to issue the Republican response to the weekly White House address, where he criticized Preident Obama's approach to health care reform.

Democratic strategists have been eager to point to the ad, which is still accessible online.

According to the Huntsville Times, when the ad was initially released, then candidate Griffth's lawyers issued a statement saying the ad was, "false and misleading, and knowingly misstates the source of quotations." Local media reports said the allegations may have stemmed from a business dispute with a local hospital.

This isn't the first time Republicans have turned to Griffith on the issue of health care. During the White House health care summit, House Minority Leader John Boehner tapped Griffith to serve on a GOP fact check team.


Filed under: GOP • Parker Griffith
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Most people in Huntsville and Athens, AL can't stand the man. No integrity and a rotten doctor.

    March 6, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Gil Oberdas

    Jst more two faced republican politcs! Hypocrites and tea buggers al00ong with the Party of No nut case right extremist.

    March 6, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Stallion

    One thing is for sure.....if the healthcare bill passes in it's present form, the medical insurance companies will become wealthy beyond our imaginations and theirs too. Trash this piece of garbage bill, start over and address the real causes of these healthcare problems......our president and his allies are screwing with our lives for a perceived political gain......and that's just the way it is.

    March 6, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    And this moron switched to the party that was trying to kill him? Amazing!

    March 6, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Johnny DC

    Okay, so Griffith is a scumbag. We understand that. It doesn't mean that the scumbag isn't dead right about Obama's policies. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    This is yet another example of the Democrats pretending to bring about change on one hand, and then using the other hand to point that it's okay for them to do such-and-such because the GOP and/or Bush did it too.

    Are you like Bush or aren't you? Are you a refreshing new approach, or are you just like your GOP predecessors?

    March 6, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. kettle2

    STUPEK.........IS STUPID...........
    If you want the economy to improve and want a healthy nation, then pass the healthcare bill.....If it needs changes down the road...we can do that too. Get it passed and you will see I am right...the economy will be on the upswing....right on.

    March 6, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Repugnants are Taliban

    If you truly wish to see a politician at his worst look no further, snakes do not squirm any lower than this despicable excuse for a human being. He would turn his own mother in if he thought it would earn him a better chance to get reelected. You can tell he does not do anything and is totally worthless by how he is willing to sell out his so called beliefs at the drop of a hat just to hold on to his precious jobs. Makes you wonder how true the allegations were against him when he chooses to be a politician over being a doctor, perhaps the Republicans knew the truth when they made this ad about him, perhaps he is lower than a snakes belly, I do not think there is much doubt about it now in anyone's mind and if Repugliban reelect this scumbag they deserve exactly what they get.

    March 6, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Illinoistom

    So, this only proves that the Democrats are equal in hypocrisy to the Republicans. If the ad was wrong when the GOP used it, it's wrong when the Dems use it.

    March 6, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Jin

    When he was a lying, cheating Democrat the Repugnicans denounced him and now that he is a lying cheating Repub, he's an okay fella. Surely the voting public will tire of this crap and FINALLY see vote the right wing totally out of power. I am not a liberal, but I am educated and anyone who can read and write should be completely through with radical right wing politics. Our country can no longer sustain the wealthy in favor of the poor. We must find our way back to genuine constitutional democracy and lose the extremes of both right and left.

    March 6, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    Hey! Where do I sign up to get my ads run for free?

    March 6, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Step right up ladies and gentlemen.... All the Grand Old Puppets lined up together.... at the count, pull the strings one at a time and hear the amazing vocal lockstep. One.... two...three.
    – clean sheet of paper
    – start over
    – massive takeover
    – socialist agenda
    next:
    – clean sheet of paper
    – start over
    – massive takeover
    – socialist agenda...

    ad nauseum

    All together now... No no no no no

    Anything substantive to ad? – Didnt think so.

    God Bless President Obama

    March 6, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Unless health reform is passed, and the Bush tax cuts expire, the next decade will see our national debt multiply. How can anyone explain to a conservative that health reform is not a government takeover of health care?

    March 6, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Agent Orange (Boner) is speaking at a fundraiser for Parker. That in itself indicates his days in the house is limited. Love the republican attack ad.

    March 6, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Time to scrap the worthless lying republican party and start all over.

    March 6, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    In the next few weeks, we will probably see Parker dump the republican party, and join the tea baggers. Then, look for him to dump the tea baggers and join the John Birch Society.

    March 6, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |