Monday, January 04, 2010

Playing Pity Party Politcs

Former Blue Dog Democrat, hypocrite, self-serving opportunist and party switcher Rep. Parker Griffith, who once described himself as a "life-long Democrat" who believes in "health care for all of the citizens," and voted against the House’s health care bill in November, the stimulus package and major energy legislation, now has staffing problems.

Nearly every staff member of Representative Parker Griffith’s office tendered their resignation this morning in response to his recent decision to change party membership.
Joining Wheeler in departing from Griffith’s staff were: Megan Swearingen (Legislative Director), Brian Greer (Senior Legislative Assistant), Will Crain (Legislative Assistant), Sean Magers (Press Secretary), Arinze Ifekauche (Legislative Correspondent), Chase Chesser (Legislative Correspondent), Mary Lou Hughston (Staff Assistant), Dr. Anjali Shah Kastorf (Congressional Fellow), Leslee Oden (Congressional Fellow), and Andrew Menefee (Intern). The staff members waited until they could return to Washington to resign. Last month, Griffith’s campaign consulting team announced they had terminated their relationship with Griffith.

All but one of the Washington staffers for Rep. Parker Griffith resigned on Monday in protest of the Alabama congressman's decision to switch from the Democratic to the Republican Party.
In a sharply worded statement, Griffith's former chief of staff, Sharon Wheeler, called the freshman congressman's switch a "mistake" that goes against the interests of his district, which relies heavily on federal funding for defense and aerospace jobs.

"We cannot in good conscience continue working for him," Wheeler said.

The reaction of Rep. Griffith?
"It is an unfortunate fact that any time a change like this occurs partisanship becomes an issue as it has in this case," Griffith said.


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