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POLITICO exclusive: Alabama House member ditching Democrats for...

There are 23 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 22, 2009, titled POLITICO exclusive: Alabama House member ditching Democrats for.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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

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Numbskulls

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Dec 22, 2009
She shift is in full swing.

Since: Sep 08

Lakeville, MN

#3 Dec 22, 2009
Another case of buyers remorse. By 2012 people will be bailing on the dems like rats off a sinking ship.
amy beehive

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Dec 22, 2009
Way to go Parker! Maybe someday all Dixiecrats will realize they were Republicans all along.
Bob the Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Dec 22, 2009
The tidal wave begins with a ripple.

In the aftermath of the republican revolution of 1994 (which most people attribute to the Clintons' health care over-reach), over 200 democrat office holders around the country, from mayors to senators, switched to the GOP.

Including:
1994 - Walter B. Jones, while running for U.S. Representative from North Carolina
1994 - Ed Whitfield, the day before filing as a candidate for the U.S. House in Kentucky
1994 - Mike Bowers, while Attorney General of Georgia
1994 - Fob James, while running for Governor of Alabama
1994 - Richard Shelby, while U.S. Senator from Alabama switched on November 9, 1994 [5]
1994 - Woody Jenkins, while Louisiana state House member
1994 - Dan Richey, former Louisiana Democratic state legislator switched from independent to Republican when the Republicans won control of the U.S. Congress
mid 1990s - Ed Austin, while Mayor of Jacksonville
1995 - Jimmy Hayes, while U.S. Representative from Louisiana
1995 - Greg Laughlin, while U.S. Representative from Texas
1995 - Ben Nighthorse Campbell, while U.S. Senator from Colorado, switch March 3, 1995 [6]
1995 - Billy Tauzin, while U.S. Representative from Louisiana
1995 - Nathan Deal, while U.S. Representative from Georgia [80]
1995 - Mike Parker, while U.S. Representative from Mississippi [7]
1995 - Mike Foster, while running for Governor of Louisiana
1995 - Rusty Crowe, Tennessee state senator
1995 - Milton H. Hamilton, Jr, Tennessee state senator
1996 - Ronnie Culbreth, while Georgia State Rep.[8]
1996 - Norm Coleman, while mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota
1996 - Jay Blossman, to run successfully for the office of Louisiana Public Service Commission
1997 - Kevin Mannix, after losing Democratic nomination for Oregon Attorney General in 1996
1997 - Michael J. Michot, while serving in the Louisiana House
1998 - George Wallace, Jr., before running for Alabama Public Service Commissioner
1998 - Herman Badillo
1998 - David G. Boschert
1998 - Sonny Perdue, while a Georgia State Senator
1999 - Nancy Larraine Hoffmann, while New York State Senator; defeated in 2006
1999 - Joel Giambra, before running for County Executive in Erie County, New York
rambo29

Buffalo, MN

#6 Dec 22, 2009
I would probably complain if I was republican but then again all that they have offered is complaints and the fact that they have A plan of course3 they never unveil this plan and where the first One's exclaim we win when no public option was allowed, then again maybe they did win considering thats one of there biggest donors next to big oil and defense contractors, as far as dems I'd let it fail before I would pay the welfare for any state. you can always just explain to the public it failed because we don't pay ransom to terrorist even if they are us citizens!!!!!!!!!!
NoSht

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Dec 22, 2009
I could never trust him, he could easily become another Coleman (RINO).
RIOT

United States

#8 Dec 22, 2009
About time a Democrat listens to the citizens of their state. He is coming into the light! No complaints here! We welcome all those that see the light.
Cole

Eau Claire, WI

#9 Dec 22, 2009
Moderate Democrat, Moderate Republican, they're all the same, just another progressive that is scratching and clawing to save their political future. Every upcoming race should have the simple question about TERM LIMITS....are you for them or against them? Anyone who wants to spend at least a little time in D.C. might want to be Pro-Term Limits.

If something doesn't change SOON, our Political Generation will be considered the MOST SELFISH Generation in the history of the United States. I am embarrassed to be considered part of Generation X, but it's no different than all of the generations voting in America right now. The retired generations want to be able to see their doctor every week, get their free scooter chair, and all the free meds they want on the taxpayers dime, Baby Boomers are about ready to take hold of that entitlement, and Generation Y thinks they should get everything they want without working for it. So I'll stand corrected, if things don't change, this group of Generations will ALL be considered the Selfish Generation that bankrupted the Greatest Country on Earth.

“Don't Tread On Me”

Since: Oct 09

Minnesota

#10 Dec 22, 2009
I love it. Glad people are waking up. The dems are trying to shove through legislation they haven't even read.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#11 Dec 22, 2009
This is an insignificant move by a non-factor in the House.

No one cares today, and no one will care tomorrow, or next year.
Bob the Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Dec 22, 2009
NoSht wrote:
I could never trust him, he could easily become another Coleman (RINO).
To be honest, Norm Coleman became a republican because he and his wife are pro-life and the democrat party doesn't tolerate such thinking.

He never really grasped the whole "free market economics" chapter in the "How to Be a Republican" book.
name

San Francisco, CA

#13 Dec 22, 2009
IrishMN wrote:
This is an insignificant move by a non-factor in the House.
No one cares today, and no one will care tomorrow, or next year.
You always make me laugh.:-)
Sgt Ret

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Dec 22, 2009
IrishMN wrote:
This is an insignificant move by a non-factor in the House.
No one cares today, and no one will care tomorrow, or next year.
Do not fool yourself, as this has huge implications on all your friends that wish they could get totally free health care at my expense because I work for a living. Get a job, lose weight and wash your hair.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#15 Dec 22, 2009
Sgt Ret wrote:
<quoted text>Do not fool yourself, as this has huge implications on all your friends that wish they could get totally free health care at my expense because I work for a living. Get a job, lose weight and wash your hair.
Don't forget to tell everyone to brush their teeth and use deodorant too.
Doubletime11

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Dec 22, 2009
GOP is in troble, really. This guys's switching won't mean a thing. he wasn't going to win re-election as a Dem, anyway. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/michelle_...
Outsidelookingin

Grantsburg, WI

#17 Dec 22, 2009
Doubletime11 wrote:
GOP is in troble, really. This guys's switching won't mean a thing. he wasn't going to win re-election as a Dem, anyway. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/michelle_...
No the GOP isn't in "troble." The Liberal Democrat Socialist Party is going to get a good old butt kickin' in the November 2010 election. People nationwide are fed-up with the huge and growing debt, the trillions of wasted spending, Obama taking over private businesses, Congressional pay hikes, this gawdawful economy-killing health bill, Cap & Tax, and more. You will see a different Congress next November, thank God!
OPressed

South Saint Paul, MN

#18 Dec 22, 2009
Once the election takes place and Conservative Republicans take over the House and Senate, this guy will be one more vote as long as he doesn't turn RINO
out-in-2012

Faison, NC

#19 Dec 22, 2009
The half-way smart (if there is such a thing) dumbocrats will start the bailing process soon enough...with obummer as President these dumbocrats won't want to be on board when the ship finishes sinking--and hits the bottom. She is taking on water now...so it won't be long for the mass exodus!
We need a better America

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Dec 22, 2009
Politico should change it's name to Republico because most of its pieces favor the
Republicans.
amy beehive

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Dec 22, 2009
We need a better America wrote:
Politico should change it's name to Republico because most of its pieces favor the
Republicans.
Actually, most of it's pieces favor the truth, and, you, liberals, can't handle the truth!

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