Alabama Democrat Switches Parties

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A freshman Democratic House member from Alabama says he's switching to the GOP over concerns that bills and policies pushed by the Democratic leadership are bad for the country and his district.

At a news conference in Alabama Tuesday, Parker Griffith said, as a doctor, he wants to make it clear that he believes the health care overhaul making its way through Congress is bad for physicians and patients.

Griffith is a radiation oncologist who had accumulated one of the most conservative voting records of any House Democrat. He was one of seven Democrats to oppose Obama's economic stimulus measure early this year.

Griffith was also one of 39 House Democrats who voted against the health care bill that narrowly passed.

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