Parker Griffith Contributed to Howard Dean
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Dec 22, 2009 at 12:01:39 PM EST
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...