Parker Griffith Loses Republican Primary
Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Traitor), who switched
from the Democratic Party in December 2009, has been defeated
in his Republican primary. Griffith is now the
second party-switcher to lose his new party's primary this year,
following Pennsylvania's Republican-turned-Democratic
Senator Arlen Specter.
Griffith has conceded the race. With 99% of precincts
reporting, Brooks has 51% of the vote -- just above the 50%
needed to win without a runoff -- with Griffith
at 33% and businessman Les Phillip with 16%. Griffith was elected to
a Democratic-held open seat in 2008, winning
a 51%-49% race in a district that John McCain carried 61%-38%.
He switched parties in 2009, citing the health
care bill and Democratic spending as major reasons for his decision,
after having already voted against such big-ticket
Democratic items as the stimulus, cap-and-trade and health care.
Although Griffith was welcomed with open arms
into the Republican caucus, his Republican opponents did not back out
-- Brooks and Phillip had already been running
to take on the Democrat Griffith. And Republican primary voters have agreed
with their decision. Brooks, who had the endorsement
of local Tea Party activists and Griffith's 2008 opponent, Wayne Parker,
was able to dislodge the incumbent pretty easily.
This is good news.
Let the word go out - when you change parties
you're not worth a vote
because YOU can't be trusted nobody knows what
you stand for.
I hope you have trouble finding a job.
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