How much of a difference will this make for the House?
As it turns out, not much:
While the timing of his announcement was unexpected, Griffith’s party switch will not come as a surprise to those familiar with his voting record, which is one of the most conservative among Democrats.
He has bucked the Democratic leadership on nearly all of its major domestic initiatives, including the stimulus package, health care legislation, the cap-and trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.
He was one of only 11 House Democrats to vote against the stimulus.
Goodbye and good riddance, Rep. Griffith. Enjoy being part of the ineffectual, impotent Republican minority.
UPDATE: My question is, will Griffith be able to win reelection as a Republican?
I’ll let the electoral history of Alabama’s 5th Congressional district speak for itself:
UPDATE II: From Jonathan Martin on Twitter:
UPDATE III: Politico also found an NRCC attack ad against Griffith. You can watch it here, but I took screenshots just in case it gets pulled: