Former Congressman Griffith to run for Governor

Former Congressman Griffith filed the paperwork to run for Governor Friday.
Former Congressman Griffith filed the paperwork to run for Governor Friday.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Clete Wetli, Chairman for the Democratic Party of Madison County confirmed Friday that Parker Griffith has officially filed his paperwork for the 2014 Governor's race.

Former Congressman Griffith is in Montgomery filing the official paperwork. The deadline to file was 5 p.m. Friday.

The former US Representative served in the State Senate before serving in Congress. Once in Washington, Griffith switched to the Republican Party and lost a GOP primary bid to current Representative Mo Brooks.

Griffith will run as a Democrat and face off against Stacy George, incumbent Robert Bentley and Kevin Bass.

Wetli was asked about Griffith's decision to return to the Democratic Party. "What it says is that he's an independent thinker and that he's just not going to tow a particular party line. What Alabama needs right now is someone that's going to come up with real solutions for our economy, someone who realizes Alabama has a revenue problem," he said.

Madison County Republican John Como said he thinks Griffith made the wrong decision and Governor Robert Bentley is still the best candidate.

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