December 22nd, 2009
01:23 PM ET
9 years ago

House Dem to switch to Republican Party

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Linda

    Who cares? This guy is still a loser.

    December 22, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    Some of you haters are the same people who cheered when Spector switched parties and when the GOP congressman from New Orleans bucked his party to vote for healthcare. Your excuse then was he was from a primarily dem district. Well Griffith is from a primarily GOP district., but I guess the excuse means nothing now, does it?

    December 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. john m

    Good thing for all! Put all the obstructionist evangekicals into one boat, that way they are easier to blow up! i would love to see this idiot and Chrm Steele having any discussion let alone an intelligent one.. the party of NO and now the party of spineless trash bags!

    December 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. greg

    Griffith is one among a few democrats that realizes the slippery slope his President and previous party was leading him down. He cannot continue to be a part of The Socialist Party of Obama. They have slowly created a society of sheep that look to their government as the solution, the party of entitlement. Uncle Sam is your Uncle….not your daddy!!! Good for him! Merry Christmas everyone!

    December 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. PasserBy

    Call me what you want! Just Pay Me Every Payday?
    Fits right in where he's going.

    December 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. A. Goodwin

    See ya – wouldn't want to be you. Seriously – switiching to the "dark side"...guess you were a Republiklan all along!

    And to those Rethugs who are happy to have him: good luck! This man knows nothing about principals. That is why he is SO better suited for your party – the party of fearmongering, racist liars!

    December 22, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Too bad that this man is such a coward! People who switch from one party to the other when things get tough are not honest!
    I assume that woud include Spector who went from GOP to DEM and Jeffers who went from GOP to IND and Lieberman who went from DEM to IND, (especially Spector), right?

    December 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. William of Iowa

    First time I've heard of the guy. Probably the first time a majority of the citizens of Alabama have heard of him too. What these pols will do to get on T.V..

    December 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. david

    The more that Americans play into this whole two party partisan pong match, the longer it will take to get this country moving forward. The people in DC seem to thrive on blinding the public with excuses and finger pointing, rather than actually having to work to solve problems. In the last 30 years our government has not had the intelligence to sit down and make logical, educated and level headed decisions without resorting to pointing fingers and blaming each other. I hate to say this, but the American dream is dead folks. The worse part is, I feel this is just the beginning of our problems.

    December 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. slp

    S. Callahan,
    I love you.

    You might want to seek out the God that you are always putting down. You might become happy for once in your miserable existence. I will be praying for you.

    Dominican Mama for Obama,
    One day very soon you will see that all of the leaders in the democratic party that you think are so wonderful could care less about you or any other American.

    To the rest of you who are dogging this man,
    I don't remember this reaction when Arlin Spector defected to become a democrat. It was all good then. It is also pretty pathetic when all you can do is put down a whole state just because they don't agree with your views. It would be pretty bad if the South did secede. All sense of morality would go with it.

    December 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Emma

    Is this about his political ideology or a strategy to get re-elected? It seems so many of our lawmakers are shamelessly self-serving.

    December 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Preco

    Murky calls to the pig and the pig heeds!

    December 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. DAVE

    ohhh for the left who was so rejoiced when the idiot senator from Pennsylvania switched to the democrats to save his old wrinkled butt..... and this idiot switched from Demorat-to Republican- back to Democrat.... and you all jumped up and down because he gave you the true 60th vote..... democrats will loose the house and a good portion of the senate in 2010...... your president will be gone in 2012...

    And especially for you haters of the Christmas season---MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!

    December 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Jim

    I am sorry for your poor decision, Rep. Griffith. Would you have done the same thing when F.D. Roosevelt's administration passed the Social Security reform, or L.B. Johnson enacted Medicare?

    December 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. meh

    I think it's funny the disinformation that is being spread on here. Do you people honestly think that if you repeat things enough that they will be true or that people will even believe they are true?

    For example, the Democratic party is going to lose in 2010? Yeah, not likely. The American people don't have THAT short of an attention span. They remember quite clearly the mess the Bush Administration left behind. They also remember that the GOP has been nothing but an obstructionist party for the past 11 months or so.
    The "Majority" of Americans are having buyers remorse w. President Obama? Not true, my friend. More than half polled think he is doing a good job, so whatever.
    As for healthcare, MOST Americans DO want a change of some sort, regardless of Party.

    I wonder how much they are paying you to post on here...

    December 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Democrats will still take control of the house in 2010

    looser, looser he's a quitter and he's weak so let him go joining the republican party cause we don't need looser and weaker in democratic party go away and make sure that you win your election cause we'll not want you back

    December 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Karen

    Good for him!

    December 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Imdependent_me

    Good – let the Repugnant moles leave..
    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    December 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Democrats will still take control of the house in 2010

    looser, looser he's quitter and he's weak so let him go joining the republican party cause we don't need looser and weaker in democratic party go away and make sure that you win your election cause we won't you back

    December 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Hate Republicans

    What a surprise, are there any real Democrats in t he bigoted South

    December 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Amazing

    They want to save their jobs.............leave the Democrat party, their days are numbered, shoving this lousy health care mess down our throats, knowing we don't want it.

    December 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. AndyBlue

    LOL... Republicans claim Rush limbaugh and Ann Coulter too... The party of death destruction, greed, wars and torture. I just dont see the attraction to such proven failure.

    December 22, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Dash Riprock

    Being that the differences between the ideologies of either party are like night and day, it always surprises me how politicians are able to just flip flop between the two without repercussions from their constituencies.

    It's almost as if they never really had any core values to begin with, and they will do whatever is politically expedient. It'll be interesting to see how Griffiths district reacts to this defection.

    December 22, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. seabee

    Good News and he should take the "independent" senator from Connecticut with him. Both are turncoats and honestly neither is trustworthy thus belong in the Republican party. CB

    December 22, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. D.

    When the majority party starts pushing an agenda against the majority of the people, it is smart to depart the party! Health care bill is an example of how arrogant the majority party has become!

    December 22, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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