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Griffith: Party switch 'may have been a mistake, politically'

Here's a nomination for the understatement of the year: Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.), fresh off a GOP primary loss after switching parties, said during a news conference Wednesday that it "may have been a mistake, politically" to leave the Democratic Party.

Still, he said he's got no regrets: "But on principle, it was the right thing to do." He went on to say that he will remain a Republican and that he believes President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D--Calif.) are socialists. He also called for the health-care law to be repealed.

Here's the video from Alabama's WHNT News.


(Via Political Wire)

By 44 Editor  |  June 3, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
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No, Griffith, you're the mistake, buying into the fearmongering and fake outrage on Fox & Frightwing radio.

Posted by: angie12106 | June 3, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

A mistake is a mistake- there's no "politically" about it. Dance with the one that got you there or lose all possible partners (partys).

Posted by: dcperspective | June 3, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If Rep. Griffith had been ineffective in persuading colleagues to his viewpoints as a Democrat, what assurance do his constituents have that he would be any better as a Republican? Regardless of party, once elections are over, people simply want results. Working within the system is the goal of 2-party politics - no one side wins every time (which both parties have either ignored or forgotten). 'Insiders' in government are definitely preferred; but this Congress is comprised of largely grandstanding people. The President, despite his shortcomings that detractors pounce upon all too quickly, has at least tried to work with both sides of the aisle. And he has not shied away from challenging members of his own party - knowing that it is the legislative work of both aisles of Congress that determines the measure of his own success. No politician who thinks he/she can have things go his/her way every time should be elected to office. In fact, we need members of Congress who know what they can achieve - and work to that end - rather than what they can dream of achieving. If the Gulf oil spill isn't a reminder that everyone needs to work together to find sensible solutions, nothing else can - not even a switch in one's politics.

Posted by: osnsea | June 3, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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