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Democrats Feel ‘Betrayed’ By Griffith Party Switch

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Joe Turnham expressed his dissappointment Tuesday afternoon over Rep. Parker Griffith’s decision to switch parties.

“Democrats of every stripe and philosophy sweated and bled for this man,” Turnham said in a statement. “He narrowly became a Congressman through the hard work, votes and financial contributions of thousands of Democrats. Today, they feel betrayed.”

Turnham said Democrats will be motivated to ensure Griffith won’t keep his seat in November after his decision to jump ship.

“Alabama Democrats have a deep political bench in the 5th District and we will nominate a formidable challenger to fill this seat next year,” Turnham said. “If Congressman Griffith survives a Republican Primary battle next year, he should be prepared to bring his lunch if he hopes to hold this seat in November of 2010. Our folks are motivated to right this wrong.”

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