GOP allows US Rep. Griffith to run as Republican

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Republican Party has decided
Congressman Parker Griffith can run for re-election as a Republican.

Griffith of Huntsville was elected in 2008 as a Democrat to represent the 5th Congressional District in north Alabama.

In December he said he could no longer align himself with the policies
of the Democrats and became a Republican.

Griffith has qualified to run for re-election as a Republican.

But a resident of his district and former Congressional candidate, Hugh McInnish, filed a challenge.

McInnish said Griffith supported Democratic leaders when first elected to Congress and should not now be allowed to run as a Republican.

Party spokesman Philip Bryan said the state party's steering committee voted Saturday to let Griffith run as a Republican.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by resonable Location: rockyhead on Apr 6, 2010 at 07:42 AM
  • by JonBouye Location: Geneva on Apr 5, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    The steering committee did the right thing in both the Congressman Griffith and the Senator Smith decisions. Mr. Griffith followed proper procedure by withdrawing from the other party and realigning himself with the Republicans; while Sen. Smith broke the rules and trust of other membres of her party by actively supporting a member of the other party while still representing herself as a Republican. Congressman Griffith was suppose members of the Democratic Party as long as he aligned himself as a Democrat or he would have been guilty of the same offense as Sen. Smith assuming the rules are the same for the Democrats.
  • by nate Location: dothan on Apr 5, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    I'm a Republican but I will be sending a message by voting anything but Republican/incumbents in the upcoming election. I hope others will do the same.
  • by Lynne Location: Dothan on Apr 4, 2010 at 08:22 PM
    What a farce!!! If Harri Ann Smith doesn't qualify, according to the same offenses, then neither should Griffith!!!
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