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Parker Griffith Crashes Democratic Event In Huntsville

by: countrycat

Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 10:50:51 AM CDT


Judge Robert Vance's meet & greet/fundraiser in Huntsville last week drew a diverse crowd.  Local Democrats attended of course, along with attorneys & a parade of current & former elected officials.  Oh, and then there was this guy: Parker Griffith - the Congressman who put the "bye" in bi-partisan after he was elected as a Democrat, changed parties, and was defeated twice in Republican primaries.Parker Griffith at Democratic event 2012

Judge Vance really wasn't kidding when he said he's been getting a good response & support from across the state. Ok. So we know why Vance is campaigning:

The office of Chief Justice deserves a positive, honorable race. One that's in keeping with the office and obligations that the Chief Justice should bear.

What gives me hope is that my message which I am telling to everyone, I don't care whether you're a Democrat, Independent, or Republican. My message is one of inclusion, of bringing us together rather than trying to divide us and pit one group against each other. 


Which makes Griffith's presence at the event all the more strange.  This is a man devoid of honor, truthfulness, and integrity.  Remember back in January, Griffith was jumping into the Republican primary to challenge Mo Brooks, despite widespread hostility from most of the local GOP party establishment who doubted both his veracity and his Republican credentials.

And that's after 2010, when Griffith fought a mighty battle with his newly-adopted party. The Madison County Republican Committee debated his fitness to run as a Republican:

Hugh McInnish, who ran twice for Congress in the 1990s, introduced the resolution that pointed to Griffith's "liberal atrocities" and argued it was impossible to believe "he has overnight shed his Democrat skin and become a Republican." 

Does his presence last week at a Democratic event mean only that Griffith was looking for a free meal?  Or worse.... maybe this toothless and friendless political leopard is going to try and change his spots yet again.... 

Good luck with that one.

 

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i don't get it (4.00 / 1)

vance needs every vote he can get. he needs every buck he can get. rove has a lifelong commitment to keeping alabama's state courts republican, along with his old buddy, bill canary. vance has an uphill battle. cut griffith some slack -- he's on the right side for once.

and, what if over the next two years he takes good, moderate, even liberal positions to set himself up for a run against brooks as a moderate democrat. with his money he'd be able to manifest a campaign and it could have a lot of voter pull as a guy who learned the hard way from his mistakes and wants to redeem himself. unless there's a better candidate, shouldn't we accept his change and support him? i would.



sorry, but I do have some standards (4.00 / 2)

and cozying up to Parker Griffith after his antics of the past few years are no different than the GOP partisans who cover their ears and do the "BLAH BLAH BLAH" chant when anyone mentions his numerous flip flops, lies, etc.

Sure, he could try to run as a "moderate Democrat" but who the hell would believe him?

Do moderate Democrats suggest that Speaker Nancy Pelosi need mental health care?

Do moderate Democrats spew crap like this?

"I think Obama is a socialist. I think Nancy Pelosi is, as well," he said, repeating recent campaign themes linking Democrats, government spending and a suffocating national debt.

He also said that he still thought recent healthcare reforms needed to be repealed, and that North Alabama needed to be concerned about Democratic efforts to curtail manned spaceflight and reduce missile defense.

Words matter.  Votes matter.  A political record matters.

Sure, Parker Griffith could try to run as a "moderate Democrat" and maybe some people would believe it.  I could roam the county and claim that I'm the legitimate heir to the British throne too.  But neither would be believable.....



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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ok (4.00 / 1)
ok. let mo brooks have and keep it until someone else with more than a ghost of a chance comes along. got anybody in mind? anybody with enough money to fund just getting a campaign started? hey -- lets follow the republican lead. tom butler got annointed by former gov riley but local republicans said he still needed punishment for his democratic sins and wouldn't let him run for some two-bit local office. good example. i guess. 

show me any substantial difference (0.00 / 0)

between Brooks and Griffith and I might consider it.

No, actually I wouldn't because Brooks has an edge over Griffith in that he may be a bit of a nut and way, way to the right, but he's actually consistent in his beliefs.

Parker Griffith is Mitt Romney without the charm & charisma.



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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Mitt Romney has charm and charisma? (0.00 / 0)

I hadn't noticed.

Another blog likened him to a "creepy funeral director."



[ Parent ]
nobody has, silly. (0.00 / 0)
What little Romney has (and that's miniscule).... Parker Griffith has even less.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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finances (0.00 / 0)
just checked out holley-brooks campaign finances on opensecrets.org. holley owes his campaign, which raised $45,316 at last accounting, $11,180. brooks owes his campaign nothing, has raised $799,173 and has $442,630 left in the bank. i'd bet he carries a lot of that over to 2014 campaign. i'm trying to get votes for obama, for lynn sherrod, for tommy ragland, for bob vance when i talk to voters. i'm voting for holley, of course, but i don't waste effort on him when i talk to voters out here in rustic rural northwest madison county. i just hope he gets more than 35 percent of the vote. that's reality. so is keeping an open mind about parker griffith and 2014, distasteful as it may be, given his statements in the past. 

but that's how Griffith won the first time (0.00 / 0)

the local party was dazzled by his ability to spend his own money to get elected.  So dazzled that they forgot to find out if the snake has any core beliefs or loyalty to anyone but himself.

Griffith has proven over and over that he's a party of one and I'm happy to leave him to it.



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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the real parker (0.00 / 0)
you're right about parker -- his instincts are like romney's -- totally derived from his business attitudes -- anything goes, anything you can get away with is ok, if a buck of profit is involved. but if griffith can come across as a guy who learned from all the hard lessons politics has dealt him, he's studied and studied what he said, when he said it, how he voted, the course he set, the course he changed, and he wants to be a middle of the road democrat from now on out, and he's the best shot we've got, should we give him the tom butler treatment?   i accept most folks standards in politics are probably higher than mine. but most folks haven't worked behind the closed doors of the state campaign hq on election night, checking around the state to see if there might be a few extra votes "lying around" from a precinct or two that a county chairman was holding back in case on "emergencies." 

Is Parker Griffith praying for deliverance from the Tea Party? (4.00 / 1)
It looks like he's wearing clerical garb.  Surely he isn't impersonating someone who gives a damn -- about others.

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