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Parker Griffith Sneaks Into His Own Fundraiser - UPDATED, more photos

by: countrycat

Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 19:51:12 PM CST

(Strong emotion moves people to act, and Parker Griffith engendered powerful emotions when he turned coat and joined the Republican Party.  He became the Congressman both parties loved to hate, witness this bipartisan demonstration. - promoted by mooncat)

With a crowd of about 400 sign-waving, chanting protesters outside the Huntsville Marriott this evening, temporary Congressman Parker Griffith (R-Liar) and his new best friend, Congressman John Boehner, decided that discretion was required.

parker griffith: political adultererThey pulled in quietly, snuggled together in the back of an SUV (they left the same way: incognito) and were whisked into a no-press-allowed "fundraiser" that can't have raised many funds.  It was held in a room not much larger than my living room/kitchen.  Let's just say that AL-05 citizens weren't exactly beating down the doors to get in...

A source on the inside says that our turncoat Congressman and Alabama's most famous political adulterer called the demonstration outside an "embarrassment."  Once again, we see Parker twisting language - or perhaps being so damn stupid he just can't get it right. 

An embarrassment?  Not for the bi-partisan group of folks that I would never have believed could have even  amicably stood on a street corner waiting for a traffic light to change - much less spent an entertaining hour or so snapping photos of each other, exchanging email addresses, and reminding each other that we're all best friends.  At least until June 1st!

No, Parker: the protest crowd was not an "embarrassment" but rather "embarrassing" for a clueless Congressman who thought that all he had to do was announce his own Epiphany during the Advent season and be welcomed with open arms by the people who- just a year earlier - had called him a killer and lover of terrorists.

When this year's edition of the thesaurus comes out, no doubt the noun "Idiot" will have "Parker Griffith" listed as a synonym.  As will a large number of other nouns:  liar, con artist, and more.

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment thread and view a few photos on the flip.  We have lots of video and pictures, but I need my dinner.  I'm only posting a few tonight.

countrycat :: Parker Griffith Sneaks Into His Own Fundraiser - UPDATED, more photos

Update:  Since it's the end of a long, long, satisfying day, I'm going to piggieback on countrycat's post with a few of my own observations, below. The photos at the end of the post that look like they were taken by a phone camera are mine, and they were. -- mooncat

1) The turnout was fantastic.  I know it far exceeded my expectations and those of several other organizers.  This morning Dale Jackson was telling his listeners that we needed at least 100 to 200 people there to make an impact -- and I'm not sure either Christie Carden or I were confident we could turn out a crowd like that.  As it turns out, we had twice that many.

2) There was no trouble whatsoever between the Tea Party/Republicans and the more liberal elements of the crowd.  Although labor officially just held a press conference and didn't participate in the protest, I saw several labor folks holding signs.  It was a very good humored and genial crowd.  For a while I was standing near a Republican woman who was surrounded by liberals (you could tell by the signs) but she was good natured about it.  We agreed that this once we could stand side by side in pursuit of a better Congressman.

3) Speaking of labor participation, Alabama AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Al Henley really took a chunk off Parker Griffith.  Al came prepared with all his facts and figures on Parker and laid into him good and proper.  Unfortunately, my video of that went home with someone else tonight, but it's worth waiting for.

4) The AFL-CIO was generous enough to donate use of their conference area at the Marriott to the protest organizers for a presser of our own.  They even stayed around to provide a cheering section.  This truly was a consortium of groups on the left and on the right -- maybe even the middle -- who have found common cause against Griffith.

5) The Mo Brooks supporters were out in force.  Mo worked the crowd himself and gave an interview or two.  He stopped and had a nice chat with my family -- can't help but think he did himself some good with the activist right tonight.  

6) There were some Les Philip supporters, as evidenced by buttons.

7) Democratic candidates did not attend the protest, although Mitchell Howie sat in on both press conferences.

8) This was a lot of fun.  One foul-mouthed guy drove away from the hotel and yelled some ugly stuff out the window as he passed down the line of protesters.  That was the only unpleasantness I saw.  There were lots of chants of "No more Griffith" and even "Liar, liar, pants on fire."  Liberals need to stop worrying so much about the possibility of looking silly and do more events like this one.

9) Many thanks to Christie Carden, Linda Haynes, the Alabama A&M Democratic Club and all the others who made this protest a success.  I really feel like Griffith and Boehner know they got their asses kicked today in terms of PR.

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And Bohner says (4.00 / 1)

Obama is selling snake oil?

I guess it depends on what the definition of snake oil IS.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)

posted story at Progressive Electorate and Daily Kos (4.00 / 2)
Good for Griffith. (4.00 / 3)
 He brought Republicans and Democrats together.


I changed the count (4.00 / 1)
The organizers walked the line twice and came up with 400 protesters.

Work harder and work smarter!

thought it was a LOT more than 250 (4.00 / 2)
but that's as far as I got on the line...

"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

[ Parent ]
how many people do you think made it in (4.00 / 2)
to the man with the tan and no man's land fundraiser?

[ Parent ]
our daughter tried to infiltrate (4.00 / 1)

and almost made it on the pretense of looking for the bathroom.  I'm so proud!

The organizers were about to let her in (to look for her mom) but a Marriott employee stopped her.  Damn him for doing his job!  ;-)

We were able to look into the room before the fundraiser started and it was about 30 feet wide and not much longer - maybe 50-60 feet.  There were a few (less than 6) round tables set up and a few tall "bistro" tables along the edges.

My guess?  If they could have fit 150 people in there comfortably, it would have been a miracle.  But maybe Parker Griffith supporters aren't big on personal space, so they could cram in 200.

At $100 a couple, the turnout at least says they lost $$....

"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

[ Parent ]
I'd bet money (if it wasn't illegal, lol) (4.00 / 2)
That the protesters outnumbered the donors.  And that we had more fun, too!

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Flashpoint has a report up (4.00 / 1)

Gardener: One who interfers with natural selection one seed at a time

Channel 31 newspeople can't do math? (4.00 / 3)

From the 10 o'clock news:

"update totals on the fundraiser attendance... 300 people attended Griffith's fundraiser, which means it raised at least $3000."

DUH.... the fundraiser was billed as $100 PER COUPLE.

Ok... 300 people times $50 IS NOT $3000.

And... WTF?  You bring in the House minority leader and can't even hit $5,000 even when the numbers are fudged?

The political adulterer is goin' down....

Gardener: One who interfers with natural selection one seed at a time

Channel 48 said about 100 attended Griffith's fundraiser (4.00 / 1)
But they severely undercounted the protesters -- said 250.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
I was wondering about that (3.00 / 1)

Shouldn't the House Minority leader be a big draw, especially when we hear from every side that Repubs are energized and Dems are apathetic?

Supposedly there was a high-dollar fundraiser at the Westin before Parker and the Orangeman sneaked into the Marriott, but WTF? The $100-level donors aren't turning out?  Not even 30 of them?

So how many actual human individuals in AL-05 want to re-elect Parker Griffin Griffith?

(Apparently Boehner, the boner, can't quite remember the name of the pigeon candidate he's been wooing for over a year, he supposedly called the congressman "Griffin" more than once)

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

[ Parent ]
It was FUN FUN FUN! (4.00 / 3)
And Griffith is a big fat chicken. And tonight he was accompanied by chicken l'orange.

Chicken L'Orange (4.00 / 2)

You get so many points for that!  You might just win the coveted Flaming Pants of Parker award!  Keep a fire extinguisher handy...

Would the French properly be 'Coq al'Orange'?  Just askin'...

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

[ Parent ]
Why thank you, "Holder of the Burnin' Britches"! (4.00 / 2)
'Coq al'Orange' is the perfect French and I'm sure Julia Child would have loved basting some congressman.

[ Parent ]
griffith fiasco (4.00 / 1)
great job, folks!

What Looks Like, Tastes Like, but is not a Chicken? (4.00 / 2)

It's a capon. Wikipedia is quite instructive here.

Google "Capon Orange" and the first recipe includes nuts. How fitting.

Gardener: One who interfers with natural selection one seed at a time

I'm seeing in my head the image of a capon in golf clothes posed with a 9 iron. (4.00 / 2)

[ Parent ]
And it is very orange. (4.00 / 2)

[ Parent ]
Fair and balanced media coverage? (0.00 / 0)

I Report;





al.com (Huntsville Times)

WDZX (Fox 54) No suggesstions found(maybe someone else will have better luck..)

You decide.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)

Thanks for these Redeye. (0.00 / 0)

It seems the better coverage goes to the Huntsville Times, but it is still pitiful.

My biggest question--if media was not allowed to attend the fundraiser, then how the hell do they know how many people attended?

The media we have is



[ Parent ]
I agree melmel (0.00 / 0)

This illustrates how out of touch and disconnected the MSM we have is from the viewing public.  Notice how they all said virtually the same thing? 

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)

[ Parent ]
Great job by the organizers (4.00 / 2)

Good crowd, beautiful day, coverage on all media outlets ( best job honors shared by the WHNT CH19 6:00 report team of Greg Screws and Vinnie Blanton, and Patricia McCarter of HTimes, WAFF's Jeannie Powell did a good job too).

The jugglers were cool and the signs were great.


Newsflash!!!!! (0.00 / 0)

Check THIS out! Emphasis mine.

We asked Boehner what makes the freshman congressman so vital to Washington and this area that he would come to Alabama to promote him.

"Over the course of the last 13 months, Parker Griffith voted with republicans on all the major bills that came before us, and when he talked to me about wanting to switch parties, we had a number of conversations, and I told him we would welcome him into our party," Boehner answered.  "Those people who've stood on solid principles and stood with republicans through a very difficult year, we welcome with open arms," said Boehner.

So Parker went to the republicans, the republicans didn't come to him.

No wonder Parker said the protest was an embarressment.:)

I wonder if the O-man still welcomes Parker with open arms? :)

As the young people say, Boehner should have asked somebody.

As I've said before Parker deserves the republicans and they deserve him.


The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)

Great Job! (4.00 / 1)
The photos are wonderful to behold. I don't know how large the crowd actually was, it looked overwhelmingly embarrassing to Parker. Activism at its best.

Outrageous. (4.00 / 1)

They repeat everthing the organizers tell them like it is the truth. And the double the price. And they don't question anything said by the coq al'orange.


[ Parent ]
But they did have a good view of a cat and all our signs. (4.00 / 1)

[ Parent ]
Different link? (4.00 / 1)

The video/transcript I linked to is about the protest not the fundraiser.

[ Parent ]
Thanks for posting this (4.00 / 2)

and thanks to all of you who participated.   I so wanted to be there.

I was there in spirit, however, and my ghostly beings managed to get me a bumper sticker and t-shirt (thanks Susan and Ruthy).  I can't wait to decorate my truck!    Everything I've seen and heard made me proud of all of you. 



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