Wonder what you would find if you frisked the U.S. House of Representatives?
Answer: Pretty soon they will be a Democrat short.
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.
BOOM! I think I felt a small tremor in the political world folks.
Rep. Griffith must be getting sick and tired of Speaker Polesi and the rest of this administration’s radical agenda or he just simply wants to remain elected. After all, he represents Alabama’s 5th congressional district which has been increasingly conservative over the past decade or so.
Overall, Rep. Griffith might turn out to be a pretty moderate Republican, but at least he has a decent record so far:
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.
In August — one month after Republicans picked up his former state legislative seat in a special election — Griffith told a local newspaper that he wouldn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi to remain as House Speaker because she’s too divisive. He joked that if she didn’t like it, he’d provide her with a gift certificate to a mental health center.
HAHA! That Speaker Pelosi joke definitely deserves a big ol’ pat on the back. I’m sure conservatives everywhere (including myself) will definitely be keeping a close eye on Rep. Griffith, but for now… Welcome to the right side sir.
Question: Could this possibly start a trend???
*UPDATE* – December 23, 2009
Watch Rep. Parker Griffith’s announcement to switch parties:
Watch Rep. Griffith tear into the Democrats after he made this speech by clicking here.