Campaign 2010

Mar 18, 2010

Parkerís Ploy: The Latest Flip in a Flip-Flopping Record

Democrats today highlighted the latest in a never-ending series of flip-flops by Representative Parker Griffith in his newly released television advertisement about health care. The Huntsville Times reported a story in May of 2006 titled “Griffith calls for universal health care” yet in a new advertisement Griffith says he’s trying to stop so-called “government takeover of our healthcare system.”  


“The more you watch Representative Parker Griffith, the only thing that becomes clear is that you can’t trust anything he says,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Before he started his last campaign, Parker Griffith was preaching the gospel of universal health care and now he’s attacking health insurance reform that expands coverage in his new TV ad. The only question North Alabama families have is whether Griffith actually has no convictions or whether he just says whatever will get him elected.”


THEN:  “Griffith calls for universal health care” [Huntsville Times, 5/31/2006]


NOW: “Obama and Pelosi: trying to pass a government takeover of our healthcare system….[Parker Griffith’s] leading the fight to stop it” (New TV Ad)


This is the latest in a series of flip flops by Griffith that began when he changed parties on December 22nd and has included repeated flip-flips on whether he’ll return campaign contributions to his donors. The Associated Press said that “Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama has switched some of his positions to more neatly fit the conservative mold along with abandoning the Democratic Party to become a Republican.” [Huntsville Times, 1/14/10; Associated Press, 1/12/10]




Huntsville Times, May 31, 2006 -


Griffith calls for universal health care

By: Challen Stephens


Starting last year, Parker Griffith draped himself over the political meetings and community gatherings of northern Madison County.


Shaking hands with Huntsville police officers at a memorial service. Helping citizens at an Alabama A&M University forum prepare a list of covenants to improve black neighborhoods. Hosting a Christmas get-together for the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Always pitching universal health care. To retirees. To northeast Huntsville homeowners. To PTA parents. To all who would listen.


Blue Cross/Blue Shield has a monopoly on health insurance in Alabama, he said, and this state can change that by following Massachusetts in offering guaranteed coverage and, therefore, better preventive care for all residents.