Parker Griffith on Principles & Values


20-foot inflatable duck: Bentley is "ducking" the debates

Gov. Robert Bentley formally closed off the idea of a debate with Democratic opponent Parker Griffith, saying Griffith was only interested "in negative campaign ads, name calling and political grandstanding."

Griffith's camp accused Bentley of bad faith negotiating and fear of an open discussion of the issues. The Democratic nominee has been pushing the debate issue hard in recent weeks. Late last month, Griffith made stops around the state with a 20-foot high duck--symbolic, he said, of the governor "ducking" a forensic contest with him. The inflatable waterfowl sparked high-level discussions between the campaigns. But the camps disagreed over what sunk the debate.

Bentley had expressed a willingness to debate Griffith after his primary victory on June 3. In his statement Monday, the governor said "my opponent's actions prove he has no interest in such civil political discourse." A spokesperson noted, "What's different is our opponent is carrying an inflatable duck around the state."

Source: Montgomery Advertiser on 2014 Alabama gubernatorial debate , Sep 8, 2014

Changed party from Democrat to Republican

Parker Griffith [has switched parties]. Griffith was just elected to the House last year from northern Alabama's Fifth District after the retirement of another Democrat, nine-term incumbent Bud Cramer. Griffith won by only some 9,000 votes.

Griffith said he had become increasingly uncomfortable with the liberal policies of his party and president, especially the overwhelming spending. Griffith said, " 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,"

In one sense Griffith's immediate defection is no big deal. It's only one seat more for the distinct minority. But on another level such a local decision could have wider significance. Does it indicate more simmering political trouble to come among so-called Blue Dog Democrats, four score moderates and conservatives whose constituents are nowhere near as liberal as the crowd currently running most everything in Washington

Source: Andrew Malcolm on Los Angeles Times Blog, 2:10 PM , Dec 22, 2009

Member of the Tea Party movement.

Griffith is a member the Tea Party movement

The Tea Party movement is a populist conservative social movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the stimulus package; te healthcare bill; and the TARP bailouts. The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the source of the phrase, "No Taxation Without Representation."

Source: Tea Party movement 10-Tea on Aug 11, 2010

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AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
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MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
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