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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