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Congressman Griffith’s Staff Resigns Over Party Change

The majority of Congressman Parker Griffith’s (R-TN) staff announced their resignations today after Griffith switched from the Democratic to the Republican party. According to MSNBC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a press release that stated, “Nearly every staff member of Representative Parker Griffith’s office tendered their resignation this morning in response to his recent decision to change party membership. This included the Chief of Staff, along with the entire legislative and communications team…Many of the staff members had worked for Griffith since before he arrived in Washington including several who worked on his campaign for Congress in 2008.” Former Chief of Staff Sharon Wheeler said in a statement, “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. It is with deep sadness that we leave our work for the Fifth District. But because we are unwavering in our own principles, we have no choice but to move on. We do not know what the future holds, but we are taking a leap of faith with the belief we will soon find ourselves in the employment of principled public officials.”

Sources:

Talking Points Memo 1/4/10; MSNBC 1/4/10

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