Rep Griffith flips Obama and Pelosi ‘the bird’; will announce his switch from DEM to Republican today

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

POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

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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18 Responses to Rep Griffith flips Obama and Pelosi ‘the bird’; will announce his switch from DEM to Republican today

  1. VotingFemale says:

    I dunno… he looks like an Aryan supremacist, racist, birther, tea bagger, Obama hater, danger to the safety of the US extremist to me! 😉

    Put ’em on “the list’ Obama! I know you like to do that sorta thang! Your ‘Enemies List’ 😀


  2. samiam60 says:

    The house of Cards continues to crumble all around Obama.

  3. samiam60 says:

    Freshman Alabama Congressman to Switch Parties to Become Republican

    Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, is switching parties to become a Republican, Fox News has confirmed.

  4. samiam60 says:

    Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, is switching parties to become a Republican, Fox News learned Tuesday.

    Griffith is expected to make a formal announcement in an afternoon press conference.

    Griffith succeeded former Democratic Rep. Bud Cramer, who retired earlier this year, in a hard-fought contest for the northern Alabama seat.

    Republicans thought that district would be hard for Democrats to hold without Cramer on the ballot, but Griffith defeated Republican Wayne Parker by 4 points — 52-48 percent — even though Republican presidential nominee John McCain won every county in the district.

    Former President George W. Bush won the district by double digits in both of his races.

    In Congress, Griffith joined the Blue Dogs, the coalition of moderate and conservative Democrats in the House. He voted against the health care reform bill in November.

    Griffith’s party switch is the first one in recent memory where any member of either party in the House or Senate has moved from the majority to the minority party. Earlier this year, Sen. Arlen Specter moved from the Republican Party to the majority Democratic Party.

    His thinking may not be a total surprise, however. In August, Griffith told voters at a town hall meeting at the University of North Alabama that if given the chance he would not vote again for Nancy Pelosi as House speaker.

    “I would not vote for her. Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together,” he said.

    Alabama’s two U.S. senators, as well as Rep. Robert Aderholt, whose district borders Griffith’s, were instrumental in helping Griffith change his mind. Senior Sen. Richard Shelby is himself a former Democrat who switched parties while in office.

    Rep. Mike Rogers, another Alabama Republican, called the switch “a great development,” and likened it to the party switch by Louisiana Rep. Rodney Alexander, who moved from the Democrats to the GOP about six years ago.

    “He just could not stomach what the Democrats are doing any longer,” Rogers said of Griffith’s move.

    Griffith’s departure means the Democrats will still hold an advantage of 257 seats to the GOP’s 178. But the Democratic majority is expected to shrink by at least two seats again in January. Reps. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., and Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, are expected to resign.

  5. samiam60 says:

    His thinking may not be a total surprise, however. In August, Griffith told voters at a town hall meeting at the University of North Alabama that if given the chance he would not vote again for Nancy Pelosi as House speaker.

    “I would not vote for her. Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together,” he said.

  6. dancingczars says:

    An absolute great read an a portent of things to come. Dealing with Democrats in the House will be much like herding cats. You have pro and con abortion elements, you have pro and con cost of the bill elements, you have pro and con public option elements. This is going to be great fun watching all the pay offs and bribes. Hopefully many people will be held accountable and sent to jail with Pelosi and Reid leading the bunch.
    I am absolutely confident the bill if passed, with be drug through the courts with multiple charges. We still have a Constitution, and this proposed bill, elements of which, and possibly the entire bill will be found unconstitutional. We impeached Earl Warren, no reason if Sotomayor goes lefty as expected the people won’t rise up and impeach her as well. Jim

  7. roxannadanna says:

    These leftists always over play their hands and end up going bust. They are their own worst enemies.

    I love it.

  8. roxannadanna says:

    I’m guessing that Pelosi is already lamenting the loss of her jet next year.

    I, on the other hand, am preparing for a helluva party!

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