"What kind of man is Parker Griffith?"

Democrat-turned Republican Rep. Parker Griffith wasn't always one of the GOP's favorite doctors


Mike Madden
March 6, 2010 4:14AM (UTC)

Republicans are turning to one of their newest colleagues to give a response on Saturday to President Obama's weekly radio address. Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama -- who switched parties late last year, but still has had trouble convincing tea party activists in his district to trust him -- will take up the GOP cause on healthcare reform.

Griffith, a doctor, might seem like a natural to speak on the subject. But Republicans haven't always been so impressed by his medical credentials. A Democratic source reminded Salon that a nasty 2008 attack ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee, during Griffith's first campaign, went after his career as a physician. "What kind of man is Parker Griffith?" the ad asked. Apparently, the answer is that he's the kind of man who doesn't hold a grudge for long against the national GOP.

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UPDATE: A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Ryan Rudominer, sends along this shot at Griffith and the GOP: "If what Republicans said about Parker Griffith's record as a doctor is any guide, their decision to select him as their health care messenger speaks volumes about what the Republican position on health care means for America."

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Mike Madden

Mike Madden is Salon's Washington correspondent. A complete listing of his articles is here. Follow him on Twitter here.

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