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    By JAY REEVES, Associated Press Writer Jay Reeves, Associated Press Writer – 31 mins agoHUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith announced Tuesday he is switching to the GOP, another blow to Democrats facing a potentially tough midterm election.



    Griffith spoke to reporters at his home in northern Alabama, a region that relies heavily on defense and aerospace jobs.



    "I believe our nation is at a crossroads and I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy, and drives us further and further into debt," Griffith said as his wife Virginia stood by his side.



    The 67-year-old radiation oncologist was narrowly elected last year in a district that includes Huntsville and Decatur. President Barack Obama lost badly there to Republican John McCain.



    Griffith also slammed the health care overhaul making its way through Congress. He was one of 39 House Democrats to vote against a version of the bill that narrowly passed.



    "I want to make it perfectly clear that this bill is bad for our doctors," he said Tuesday. "It's bad for our patients. It's bad for the young men and women who are considering going into the health care field."



    He said after the press conference that his defection had nothing to do with concerns about whether he could win re-election as a Democrat. He also said he had not talked to any fellow Democrats about switching parties along with him.



    "If they do, I hope it's on conviction and not politics," he said.



    Griffith had accumulated one of the most conservative voting records of any House Democrat. He was one of seven Democrats to oppose Obama's economic stimulus measure early this year and also voted against an anti-global warming bill pushed strongly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.



    Democrats will hold 257 House seats to the GOP's 178 after Griffith's switch.



    Several veteran House moderates have announced their retirements next year, giving Republicans hopes of picking up a significant number of seats in the November elections.



    Jim Spearman, executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, said the switch "shouldn't come as a surprise" with the way Griffith voted.



    "We will be working strongly to put a Democrat in there," Spearman said.








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    "This is not about politics, this is not about polling. It's about people. It's about life and death in America. It's about human suffering, and given the chance to relieve this suffering, we must"



    Harry Reid on HCR.



    Fantasy "face to face" question:



    "Why, Senator Reid...if it is, as you stated, truly about 'life and death', are Senators Nelson and Landrieu being offered pork to give you the votes to pass it... why does something so desparately needed require backroom deals for selective states?"

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    [quote name='webrockk' date='22 December 2009 - 03:39 PM' timestamp='1261514358' post='84228']

    "This is not about politics, this is not about polling. It's about people. It's about life and death in America. It's about human suffering, and given the chance to relieve this suffering, we must"



    Harry Reid on HRC.



    Fantasy "face to face" question:



    "Why, Senator Reid...if it is, as you stated, truly about 'life and death', are Senators Nelson and Landrieu being offered pork to give you the votes to pass it... why does something so desparately needed require backroom deals for selective states?"

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    What does this have to do with the OP?

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    [quote name='gabebrooks' date='22 December 2009 - 03:19 PM' timestamp='1261513187' post='84216']

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_congress_party_switch



    By JAY REEVES, Associated Press Writer Jay Reeves, Associated Press Writer – 31 mins agoHUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith announced Tuesday he is switching to the GOP, another blow to Democrats facing a potentially tough midterm election.



    Griffith spoke to reporters at his home in northern Alabama, a region that relies heavily on defense and aerospace jobs.



    "I believe our nation is at a crossroads and I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy, and drives us further and further into debt," Griffith said as his wife Virginia stood by his side.



    The 67-year-old radiation oncologist was narrowly elected last year in a district that includes Huntsville and Decatur. President Barack Obama lost badly there to Republican John McCain.



    Griffith also slammed the health care overhaul making its way through Congress. He was one of 39 House Democrats to vote against a version of the bill that narrowly passed.



    "I want to make it perfectly clear that this bill is bad for our doctors," he said Tuesday. "It's bad for our patients. It's bad for the young men and women who are considering going into the health care field."



    He said after the press conference that his defection had nothing to do with concerns about whether he could win re-election as a Democrat. He also said he had not talked to any fellow Democrats about switching parties along with him.



    "If they do, I hope it's on conviction and not politics," he said.



    Griffith had accumulated one of the most conservative voting records of any House Democrat. He was one of seven Democrats to oppose Obama's economic stimulus measure early this year and also voted against an anti-global warming bill pushed strongly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.



    Democrats will hold 257 House seats to the GOP's 178 after Griffith's switch.



    Several veteran House moderates have announced their retirements next year, giving Republicans hopes of picking up a significant number of seats in the November elections.



    Jim Spearman, executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, said the switch "shouldn't come as a surprise" with the way Griffith voted.



    "We will be working strongly to put a Democrat in there," Spearman said.

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    I don't blame someone for voting their conscience. Obviously he no longer represented the Democratic voters who put him in office. If he was unable to do that then he should switch parties. Then the Democrats can vote in someone who does represent them.



    This isn't a bad thing.

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    [quote name='Gypsy' date='22 December 2009 - 03:45 PM' timestamp='1261514742' post='84237']

    What does this have to do with the OP?

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    The defecting representative is leaving because of his disagreements with, among other things, HRC...I'm simply preemptively reinforcing and supporting his position....In my own little way

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    [quote name='Gypsy' date='22 December 2009 - 12:45 PM' timestamp='1261514742' post='84237']

    What does this have to do with the OP?

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    Actually it is a good question, even the dems don't want this. They know the big bad insurance companies are fixing to receive a bailout, and insurance companies and dems is sorta like oil and water.

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    [quote name='michaelr' date='22 December 2009 - 03:51 PM' timestamp='1261515086' post='84243']

    Actually it is a good question, even the dems don't want this. They know the big bad insurance companies are fixing to receive a bailout, and insurance companies and dems is sorta like oil and water.

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    When was the last time anything passed in Washington that didn't have pork attached? Why would this be any different?

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    [quote name='Gypsy' date='22 December 2009 - 03:54 PM' timestamp='1261515270' post='84246']

    When was the last time anything passed in Washington that didn't have pork attached? Why would this be any different?

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    This is different because Sen. Reid eloquently implied that we're dealing with "life and death" here.



    Do doctors require a little payola prior to upholding their Hippocratic oath?

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    [quote name='gabebrooks' date='22 December 2009 - 12:19 PM' timestamp='1261513187' post='84216']

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_congress_party_switch



    By JAY REEVES, Associated Press Writer Jay Reeves, Associated Press Writer – 31 mins agoHUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith announced Tuesday he is switching to the GOP, another blow to Democrats facing a potentially tough midterm election.



    Griffith spoke to reporters at his home in northern Alabama, a region that relies heavily on defense and aerospace jobs.



    "I believe our nation is at a crossroads and I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy, and drives us further and further into debt," Griffith said as his wife Virginia stood by his side.



    The 67-year-old radiation oncologist was narrowly elected last year in a district that includes Huntsville and Decatur. President Barack Obama lost badly there to Republican John McCain.



    Griffith also slammed the health care overhaul making its way through Congress. He was one of 39 House Democrats to vote against a version of the bill that narrowly passed.



    "I want to make it perfectly clear that this bill is bad for our doctors," he said Tuesday. "It's bad for our patients. It's bad for the young men and women who are considering going into the health care field."



    He said after the press conference that his defection had nothing to do with concerns about whether he could win re-election as a Democrat. He also said he had not talked to any fellow Democrats about switching parties along with him.



    "If they do, I hope it's on conviction and not politics," he said.



    Griffith had accumulated one of the most conservative voting records of any House Democrat. He was one of seven Democrats to oppose Obama's economic stimulus measure early this year and also voted against an anti-global warming bill pushed strongly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.



    Democrats will hold 257 House seats to the GOP's 178 after Griffith's switch.



    Several veteran House moderates have announced their retirements next year, giving Republicans hopes of picking up a significant number of seats in the November elections.



    Jim Spearman, executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, said the switch "shouldn't come as a surprise" with the way Griffith voted.



    "We will be working strongly to put a Democrat in there," Spearman said.

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    If he walks like a righty, quacks like a righty, he's no big loss

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    [quote name='Gypsy' date='22 December 2009 - 12:54 PM' timestamp='1261515270' post='84246']

    When was the last time anything passed in Washington that didn't have pork attached? Why would this be any different?

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    This was outright bribes, and deals. It reminds me of the Clinton era.

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