Parker Griffith Contributed to Howard Dean

As Charles noted earlier today, conservative Democratic Congressman Parker Griffith of Alabama has switched parties to run for reelection as a Republican. That came as news to the Republican who already in the race -- and not getting out. What also might come as news to this Republican was Griffith's contribution to Howard Dean.

In his announcement on switching parties to become a Republican, Rep. Parker Griffith touted his long-standing conservative bona fides, saying he had to become a Republican to stand up for his core beliefs.

But just five years ago, Griffith donated $1,500 to the presidential campaign of liberal icon Howard Dean -- with one donation coming when Dean's campaign was already faltering in February 2004.

I'm sure the conservative Republican primary electorate in Alabama's fifth congressional district are going to love supporting a former Democrat who not all that long ago was contributing to Howard Dean. Perhaps making the jump from the Democratic Party to the GOP wasn't the wisest political move for Griffith...

Tags: AL-05, Blue Dogs, Parker Griffith (all tags)



Howard Dean appeals strongly to Indies

Howard Dean appeals to independent voters. Supporting Dean is not a poison pill.

That said, being intimately familiar with the electorate in his area, he's not on safe ground.

TPM today reported that he is a so-called 'moderate' that supports warehousing cancer patients and radical islam. lol.

Seriously though, in my mind - supporting Howard Dean is always a positive thing.

by Trey Rentz 2009-12-22 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Parker Griffith Contributed to Howard Dean

Obviously, this case is puzzling. Usually southerners who support Dean wouldn't even dream of becoming republican.  But I would like to add that some people prefer bold direction to ideology. Take my case. I am a big Dean supporter even if I won't support every single stance of his. Hell, even Dean is mischaracterized as a leftist. I think some people will mistake me for a leftist purist with my incessant attacks on many Democrats, especially the so called moderates like Bayh, Landrieu, and now let's lump Obama into that group. However, I stand with libertarians and conservatives on some issues that liberals wouldn't approve of.

by Pravin 2009-12-22 01:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Parker Griffith Contributed to Howard Dean

Heretic ;)

by vecky 2009-12-22 02:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Parker Griffith

He should be rewarded with a vigerous "Democrats for Griffith" campaign or "liberals for Griffith" .... help the former Dean supporter out ... throw the drowning man an anvil.

by RichardFlatts 2009-12-22 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Parker Griffith Contributed to Howard Dean

I suspect that the Representative Parker just saw more money on the side and wants some while the getting is good.  While the total funds contributed to the Republican party are considerable less than the Democratic party, individual Republicans can stand out from the crowd: a new convert will be noticed, he hopes, while a newly elected recalcitrate and disloyal Democratic has poor pickings.

by Palli 2009-12-23 02:59AM | 0 recs


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