Democrat Griffith Kicks Off Campaign for Governor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith kicked off his Democratic campaign for governor by calling for the creation of a state lottery to fund college scholarships and an expansion of the state Medicaid program under the federal health care law.

Griffith says a healthier, better educated Alabama will lead to more jobs.

Griffith outlined his campaign agenda of jobs, education and health care in a letter posted on his new campaign website Wednesday. In interviews, he called Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid for not expanding Medicaid.

Griffith was elected to Congress as a Democrat. He switched to the Republican Party and got defeated. Now, he's rejoined the Democratic Party.

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