Parker Griffith: ‘Health Care for All!’
Greg Sargent catches a May 2006 interview with then-State Senator Parker Griffith in which he refers to himself as a “life-long” Democrat and a supporter of “health care for all of the citizens.” Glenn Thrush finds that Griffith has voted with Nancy Pelosi — that is to say, with the Democrats — 85 percent of the time. And yesterday, Josh Kraushaar reported that Griffith, still in the thrall of the Democratic Party, donated $1,500 to Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid and $1,000 to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
My piece yesterday on local conservative mistrust of Griffith was written before local activists knew any of those things. It’s extremely easy to see how any of this could be used by Mo Brooks or Les Phillip to clobber Griffith in the June 2010 primary. As one Democratic strategist put it to me, Griffith has traded an electorate that was 60 percent Republican for one that will be 100 percent Republican.