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.