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Parker Griffith is a Democratic member of the Alabama Senate, representing the 7th District since 2006. His district includes parts of Madison County.
Senator Griffith was born August 6, 1942, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical School and served in residency at the University of Texas. He is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, now retired, and a businessman. He resides in Huntsville and has 5 children and ten grandchildren. Griffith is divorced and is current wife is Virginia. After apparent conflicts with the Huntsville Hospital, he retired from active practice. He ran a major negative public relations campaign against the Huntsville Hospital.
Griffith ran for Mayor of Huntsville against popular three-term mayor Loretta Spencer in 2004. He then ran for the Alabama State Senate in 2006. In the State Senate, he has sponsored bills that promote research in biofuels, advancing health care and public school early education, and he opposed immigration reform. He is very wealthy and is reported to own 13 funeral homes.
His time in the Alabama Senate showed that he was anything but an independent. He loyally followed the party liberal leadership. On blocking illegal immigration reform he followed Democrats. One of the first votes he cast as a Democrat state Senator was to give himself a 62% pay raise - again following the Democrat leadership despite being independently wealthy (maybe that's what he meant about being an "independent!"). You'll see that he was an obedient member of the party, giving in to party leaders when told to. Will this "independent" stand up to Nancy Pelosi when he can't stand up to Alabama Democrats?
Wayne Parker vs. Dr. Parker Griffith - The difference between night and day.
Parker Griffith's real position on illegal immigration
Parker Griffith is attempting to run for Congress as a Republican with a "D" beside his name. He is making every effort to sound like a conservative, but his background, including his time in Alabama's senate, suggests otherwise. On the topic of illegal immigration Griffith boasts on his campaign website that he "co-sponsored the toughest illegal immigration bill this session." "In the State Senate I co-sponsored SB 426 as introduced by Senator Beason to address illegal immigration in Alabama. The goal of this legislation is to make Alabama a less attractive place for illegal immigrants to live, protect taxpayers who should not foot the bill for services for those here illegally, and preserve Alabama jobs for our citizens. It is my hope that this legislation can be used as a starting point to address this growing problem."
There is a tiny little problem, though. Griffith actually actively impeded Scott Beason's bill despite being a co-sponsor. He also opposed attempts to pass individual portions of Beason's bill.
Griffith Skips Committee Hearing
The FRAC is composed of eleven senators. Six members are required to be present in order for the committee to vote. On Wednesday, March 6th the Beason bill was on the committee's agenda. When the meeting started there were only five senators present, not enough for the group to vote. The absences did not appear to be accidental and there were reports about pro-illegal immigrant lobbying interests warning certain senators before they entered the room. At one point a senator left the meeting and another promptly entered - they weren't there simultaneously, so there was not a quorum. It was quite obvious that it was part of a conscious attempt to block the bill's progress by not having enough members present to vote on it. (Read my previous post about this sham of a meeting here.)
One of the six senators on the committee who failed to show up was none other than Parker Griffith. He was in a meeting with business groups from Huntsville and said that he couldn't leave to attend even a portion of the hour plus meeting. But Rep. Sue Schmitz was at the same meeting with Huntsville business leaders and said that she stepped out to attend to her legislative duties. If Griffith really supported Beason's bill wouldn't he have briefly left the glad handing session and gone to the FRAC meeting long enough for them to vote and move the bill along? The next day a columnist from The Huntsville Times called Griffith to ask him about the situation. Griffith told the Times that he had "no position on the bill yet." With co-sponsors like that who needs opponents?! Of course, all this happened the first week of March, more than a week before Bud Cramer announced his retirement and Parker Griffith opportunistically decided to pretend to be a conservative Republican with a "D" beside his name. After sharply negative feedback about the skipped meeting and Cramer's retirement announcement Griffith abruptly decided he was going to support the bill and he voted to move it through the FRAC. But the skipped FRAC meeting wasn't Griffith's only attempt to stand in the way of illegal immigration legislation.
Griffith Does Not Vote for the Beason Bill
On April 30th the senate was considering another illegal immigration bill, SB226. This bill was sponsored by Arthur Orr and was much more narrow in its focus, only dealing with public benefits. Scott Beason offered a substitute for Orr's bill (with Orr's hearty support). The substitute he offered was word-for-word identical to his own bill, SB426. It was an attempt by Beason and other Senate Republicans to circumvent the Democrat majority that was holding up his bill. This occurred after Parker Griffith miraculously became a self-proclaimed conservative and supposed supporter of Beason's bill, so you might expect him to enthusiastically support the substitution. You would be wrong, though. Griffith voted "Present" (Roll Call 357) during a vote to determine whether or not to table (i.e. kill) the substitution. That is the equivalent of saying, "I don't want to go on record supporting or opposing this bill." If Griffith really supported SB426, and didn't just sign on as a co-sponsor so that the could brag about it in his campaign literature, then he would have voted "no" to tabling the substitution. Griffith Votes Against Portions of the Beason Bill.
Beason also offered amendments to Orr's bill, again with Orr's approval and support,
that were word-for-word excerpts from his own bill - the bill Griffith now claims to
be an avid supporter of:
Griffith voted to block five amendments that were direct excerpts from Beason's bill. For more information about Parker Griffith visit: http://ccofal.org/alabama/2004/Parker-Griffith-Alabama.phtml
If Griffith is such a big supporter of Beason's bill then why did he prevent its substitution and why did he then vote against five amendments to another bill that were taken word-for-word from Beason's bill? That last question is somewhat rhetorical because the answer is obvious. Parker Griffith does not really support Scott Beason's illegal immigration bill. He is a supporter in name only solely for political benefit. He realizes that he is running for Congress in a conservative district and that his real position on such legislation, which is manifestly obvious based on his actions, would not be popular. So he signed on as a cosponsor in order to boast about it on his website, while assuming you would never know the truth. Don't be fooled. More documentation of the above can be found at: http://www.flashpointblog.com/2008/08/03/parker-griffiths-real-position-on-illegal-immigration/
Much has been currently said about Dr. Parker Griffith serving in the Huntsville Hospital. Check out the facts.
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