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04 Jan 2010 08:50


Politics: In Alabama, “Democrat” means “Basically a Republican”

  • I like Bobby. I think he’s a great guy and a fine Christian man. But when he first came out, I wished that he’d been a Republican.
  • Retired electrical engineer Glenn Cook, 72 • On his Congressman, Bobby Bright. Bright, an Alabama Democrat in an era where such a thing can be political suicide, has stayed popular mainly in his district by voting like a Republican on all but a tiny handful of things. Parker Griffith was a fellow Democratic Congressman in Alabama until recently. He switched parties, leaving Bright by himself. source

22 Dec 2009 20:48


U.S.: Parker Griffith goes from Democrat to GOP, and the world yawns

  • I have become increasingly concerned that the bills and policies pushed by the current Democratic leadership are not good for north Alabama or our nation. More importantly, they do not represent my values and convictions.
  • Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith • On his decision to switch parties in the wake of the health care bill’s near-passage. Griffith, a first-term congressman who nobody’s ever heard of outside of Alabama, just didn’t see his moderate politics fitting in with Nancy Pelosi’s left-leaning push. To which we say fine, but did you have to have a press conference? You’re no Arlen Specter, man, and your flip-flop is not a game-changer. (Side note: Griffith is the first Republican in his district since RECONSTRUCTION.) source