It’s No Fun Being Parker Griffith
Party-switching Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) is getting whacked again for his life-long record of supporting Democrats, this time from Tea Party-backed Republican challenger Les Phillip, who’s taking aim at Griffith’s donations to 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). From his statement:
We definitely believe these contributions are fair game. Dean and Reid want to socialize medicine, attack American values, raise taxes and capitulate in the war on terror. When Parker Griffith wrote these liberals big campaign checks, he told everyone that they represent his values. He can do that if he likes, but I can tell you this: Reid and Dean do not represent the values of the people of this district.
As I reported last week, Republican and conservative activists hardly gave Griffith a hero’s welcome when he joined the party. After Griffith failed to start a stampede of Democratic party-switching, and as his past Democratic affiliations have gotten media traction, he’s quickly become just another Republican congressman with a fishy (for conservatives) voting record — a prime target for people like Phillip.
And here’s the mailer Phillip is sending out: