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.
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.