As a result of Rep. Griffith’s party switch from Democrat to Republican, his entire staff has resigned en masse.
Griffith’s staffers strongly believe that the Congressman’s party switch isn’t in the best interest of his constituents.
The Hill reports:
In a sternly worded statement, Griffith Chief of Staff Sharon Wheeler announced the exit of herself, along with legislative director Megan Swearingen, senior legislative assistant Brian Greer, legislative assistant Will Crain, press secretary Sean Magers, legislative correspondent Arinze Ifekauche, legislative correspondent Chase Chesser, staff assistant Mary Lou Hughston, congressional fellows Anjali Shah Kastorf and Leslee Oden and intern Andrew Menefee.
Griffith’s political consulting team has already parted ways with him since he announced over the holiday break that he would switch parties.
“Alabama’s 5th district has deserved and has benefited from great Democratic conservative leadership since Reconstruction. And until now they had it,” Wheeler said.
“I appreciate Congressman Griffith’s being a very dedicated congressman. But we believe he made a mistake — a well-intentioned but misguided mistake that is not in the interest of the great people of North Alabama who elected him a year ago as a Democrat. As his staff, we wish him only the best, and we all remain committed to the citizens of the Tennessee Valley. But we cannot, in good conscience, continue working for him.”
Nobody seems to be a fan of Parker Griffith these days, not even the Republicans whose caucus he’ll be joining.
It looks like that, come January 2011, someone else will be representing Alabama’s 5th Congressional district. And that would certainly be a good thing.