According to a FOX News breaking news alert, Rep Parker Griffith (D-Alabama) is going to announce live on national television that he is switching parties from Democrat to Republican.
Those close to him cite many reasons for his decision, not the least of which is his opposition to the Federalization (Public Option) of American Health Care and the buy offs of Congressmen and other back door stunts being pulled to get ObamaCare passed inspite of a Majority of Americans opposing it.
What Politico says…
Exclusive: Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP
By JOSH KRAUSHAAR | 12/22/09 10:57 AM EST
According to two senior GOP aides familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place this afternoon in Griffith’s district in northern Alabama.
Griffith’s party switch comes on the eve of a pivotal congressional health care vote and will send a jolt through a Democratic House Caucus that has already been unnerved by the recent retirements of a handful of members who, like Griffith, hail from districts that offer prime pickup opportunities for the GOP in 2010.
The switch represents a coup for the House Republican leadership, which had been courting Griffith since he publicly criticized the Democratic leadership in the wake of raucous town halls during the summer.
Griffith, who captured the seat in a close 2008 open seat contest, will become the first Republican to hold the historically Democratic, Huntsville-based district. A radiation oncologist who founded a cancer treatment center, Griffith plans to blast the Democratic health care bill as a prime reason for his decision to switch parties—and is expected to cite his medical background as his authority on the subject.
While the timing of his announcement was unexpected, Griffith’s party switch will not come as a surprise to those familiar with his voting record, which is one of the most conservative among Democrats.
He has bucked the Democratic leadership on nearly all of its major domestic initiatives, including the stimulus package, health care legislation, the cap-and trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.
He was one of only 11 House Democrats to vote against the stimulus.
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