Congressman Parker Griffith running for re-election as Republican

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Republican Party has decided

Congressman Parker Griffith can run for re-election as a


Griffith of Huntsville was elected in 2008 as a Democrat to

represent the 5th Congressional District in north Alabama. In

December he said he could no longer align himself with the policies

of the Democrats and became a Republican.

Griffith has qualified to run for re-election as a Republican.

But a resident of his district and former Congressional candidate,

Hugh McInnish, filed a challenge. McInnish said Griffith supported

Democratic leaders when first elected to Congress and should not

now be allowed to run as a Republican.

Party spokesman Philip Bryan said the state party's steering

committee voted Saturday to let Griffith run as a Republican.

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