I’m Baaaack…

22 12 2009

Hi Gang,

We have been without power since Friday night and we got our power back about 1:50 pm EST TODAY! Yeah! I will write about the experience later.

The very first thing on TV was an announcement from the Representative Griffith from Alabama. More GOOD NEWS!

Gio-

Freshman Alabama Congressman to Switch Parties to Join GOP

Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, announced Tuesday that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.  

“I have become increasingly concerned that the bills and policies pushed by the current Democratic leadership are not good for north Alabama or our nation,”  Griffith said during a press conference Tuesday.

“I am announcing today that I’m joining the Republican conference immediately,” he said.  “Our nation is at a crossroads and I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy, and drives us further and further into debt.”

Griffith, a retired oncologist and businessman, succeeded former Democratic Rep. Bud Cramer, who retired earlier this year, in a hard-fought contest for the northern Alabama seat.

Republicans thought that district would be hard for Democrats to hold without Cramer on the ballot, but Griffith defeated Republican Wayne Parker by 4 points — 52-48 percent — even though Republican presidential nominee John McCain won every county in the district.

Former President George W. Bush won the district by double digits in both of his races. 

In Congress, Griffith joined the Blue Dogs, the coalition of moderate and conservative Democrats in the House. He voted against the health care reform bill in November. 

Earlier this year, Sen. Arlen Specter moved from the Republican Party to the majority Democratic Party but Griffith’s party switch from the majority to the minority party is rare.   

Florida Rep. Andy Ireland was elected to the House in 1980 as a Democrat when that party held control. But in 1984, Ireland switched to join the GOP and thus serve in the minority. He continued to serve until 1993, when he did not seek re-election to the House. In 1994, Rep. Michael Forbes of New York was elected as a Republican but switched to the minority Democrats in 1999. He did not receive the Democratic nomination in 2000 and lost the seat. 

Griffith’s thinking may not be a total surprise, however. In August, he told voters at a town hall meeting at the University of North Alabama that if given the chance he would not vote again for Nancy Pelosi as House speaker. 

“I would not vote for her. Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together,” he said. 

Republicans in the Alabama delegation met with Griffith the middle of last week and asked him to switch and he agreed. Alabama’s two U.S. senators, as well as Rep. Robert Aderholt, whose district borders Griffith’s, were instrumental in helping Griffith change his mind. Senior Sen. Richard Shelby is himself a former Democrat who switched parties while in office. 

“I believe his voting record and public statements on many important issues demonstrate an approach to government and spending that is incompatible with the national Democratic Party. As a Republican, he will be affirmed in his concerns about reckless spending and governmental overreach, rather than being ostracized for them,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.  

Rep. Mike Rogers, another Alabama Republican, called the switch “a great development,” and likened it to the party switch by Louisiana Rep. Rodney Alexander, who moved from the Democrats to the GOP about six years ago. 

“He just could not stomach what the Democrats are doing any longer,” Rogers said of Griffith’s move. 

Both others, like Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen, blasted Griffith’s decision, saying the Alabama lawmaker has failed to honor Democrats’ “commitment” to him.  

“House Democratic Members and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took Parker Griffith at his word and, as a result, invested a great deal in working with Alabamans to bring Mr. Griffith to Congress,” Van Hollen said in a statement.  “We were committed to helping Mr. Griffith deliver for his constituents and successfully helped Mr. Griffith fend off the personal attacks against him from the far right.”

“Mr. Griffith, failing to honor our commitment to him, has a duty and responsibility to return to Democratic Members and the DCCC the financial resources that were invested in him,” he said.  “His constituents will hold him accountable for failing to keep his commitments.”

Griffith’s departure means the Democrats will still hold an advantage of 257 seats to the GOP’s 178. But the Democratic majority is expected to shrink by at least two seats again in January. Reps. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., and Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, are expected to resign.

Fox News’ Carl Cameron contributed to this report.  

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20 responses

22 12 2009
grannywithapitchfork

Good news and good news!! I was thinking of sending out a search and rescue team but wasn’t quite sure where to start. Being without power sucks. We were without a couple of years ago during the famous ice storm for 11 days. Welcome back to the circus, friend.

I’m wondering if there might be one or two more in congress with just a shred of integrity left. I know Abraham wasn’t able to find even one righteous man in Sodom or Gomorrah, but miracles do happen. If Parker Griffith can do it maybe, just maybe there’s another who can’t stand to look in the mirror anymore.

Love

Granny

22 12 2009
Tom in NC

Finally a democrat with some integrity and enough guts to stand up to that witch Pelosi.

22 12 2009
littlemissmuffin

Let’s roll out the red carpet for any and all defectors. They’re going in the RIGHT direction. 🙂

22 12 2009
bkeyser

I see, we’re going with the “no electricity” excuse, huh? [LOL] Was the “dog ate my homework” plan not believable enough?

Good to see you back Gio! You had some of us worried…

22 12 2009
giovanniworld

bkeyser,

Ok, how does 22″ of snow sound without power excuse sound?

😉

Gio-

22 12 2009
bkeyser

I guess… we got the same here though and I still had power… 🙂

22 12 2009
giovanniworld

But you don’t live at an elevation of 4,300 ft… And you didn’t have to cut through approx 80 trees just to get the Mule (not the 4 legged kind) down the driveway, only to run into a bunch of your neighbors further down the mountain doing the same on the road that leads off the mountain. And you didn’t have to take care of 9 boarded Horses and 2 of your own. Plus a grandchild, 4 Poms and 2 Labs. Then find time to bag-up two freezers worth of food and bury in the snow. The only thing that made me grumpy was NO shower for 4 days, something I’m about to indulge in as soon as I write this. Even driving into town it looked as if bombs had been set-off. Trees down everywhere. On houses, on cars, on carports, on streets, etc.

Other than that, it’s been a real ball!

Gio-

22 12 2009
Eowyn

You know, Gio, being without power does NOT mean you can’t call me, or Steve, or BKeyser, or Cecil Moon. You have our phone numbers — but we don’t have yours. Why the secrecy, um?

I was worried sick about you. I had visions of you having had a heart attack — until I finally found news on the web last night of massive power outages in west North Carolina. That’s assuming you really live there.

22 12 2009
giovanniworld

All those numbers are saved online on my email account. My granddaughter had run down the battery on her laptop and from what others have told me, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway… once I got to the store, lot’s of people were complaining that their internet was down.

You will have to excuse me, but I had family and other priorities to worry about, and I have been damn busy over the past few days, and finally…. I’m not used to having people question my privacy.

Gio-

22 12 2009
Eowyn

You really have no capacity for empathy, do you?

Do you have any idea how worried I’ve been, how baffled I’ve been about what’s happened to you? I know I’m not alone — because the regulars here all noticed your absence.

What does it take to just give ONE of us a phonecall so that a message gets to all of us here on your blog?

So, I’m your glorified “West coast editor,” I’ve given you my real name, phone no., home address. You can look me up on Google where my life is an open book. And so have several other regulars here.

But if I ask why you wouldn’t give your phone no. to anyone of us, we’re invading your PRIVACY?

Oh, BTW, I know “Giovanni Faga” is not even your real name. It’s a persona you invented 1 year ago. I dare ANYONE to find a “Giovanni Faga” in North Carolina on people search.

Soldiers in a war entrust each other with their very lives. They trust each other implicitly and completely. We are in a political and spiritual war. You talk a good talk about fighting to take our country back, blah, blah, blah. But you can’t even trust me to have your friggin’ phone #, or to call me (if you don’t want me to have your #) when you’re missing for days.

Given this, why should I trust you, Gio?

I don’t need your blog. I have my own. I’ll have more time to write my book. GOODBYE!

22 12 2009
giovanniworld

Merry Christmas.

Gio-

22 12 2009
Steve

You have done irreparable damage Gio, there is no trust. Can’t follow someone whom I don’t trust and tells me and all on board to bug off and that we are invading your privacy — all because we were worried about you…………..enjoy your privacy, I’m sure you’ll have a lot more of it….We reap what we sow………..I’m done too
Merry Christmas…….I’ll Pray for you

22 12 2009
giovanniworld

And Merry Christmas to you Steve.

Gio-

22 12 2009
DCG

Well, Gio…I wasn’t worried about your absence, except that I guessed it was climate change related and knew people were out of power in many regions. Sounds like you had your hands full with the fam and creatures. As for a call to others, that might not have been possible with no electricity.

As for the privacy issue…not offended. Your entitled to it and others are entitled to be offended and be done with you. It’s a funny thing, this internet. How can you really trust anyone you’re communicating with, whom you’ve never met? I’ve learned in my life that the only person a girl can trust is her father (and even that’s a little iffy!)

22 12 2009
giovanniworld

DCG,

Good point. It hurts me that my privacy bothers other people, it’s not something I have ever experienced before. I just assumed people would respect me having a damn good reason for being a private person. I was wrong.

I have a feeling that Doc’s Wife is going to have a story similar to mine because I know she lives in this area. I don’t know exactly where, and I will never ask, but I know she’s in the same general area. In fact, I hope her and her husband came through this ok.

Gio-

22 12 2009
Doc's Wife

Gio–we were fine during the storm. No.2 son got stuck in the gorge, but made it back to our house for an extra night. I understand your privacy and honor it. My kids choose to call me anti-social, certainly NOT your typical “Doc’s Wife” (I hope)!!

22 12 2009
Tom in NC

Hey everybody maybe we need to step back for a moment, now I don’t personally know anyone here, I did know Gio lived somewhere in NC I assumed it was in the western part of the state because he has talked about Ashville before and they took quite a battering in that storm. I also know that Gio doesn’t need me to fight his battles but being without power for four days takes it’s toll on a person especially if you have a large spread as it sounds like he has, and while I’m relatively new to this blog it always sounded and felt like a family here, and there is one thing about families they sometimes disagree or speak hastily and if there’s one thing we need now is unity if we are are going to survive this onslaught of socialism. Just my two cents worth, take for what it’s worth and may everyone have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

23 12 2009
giovanniworld

Thanks Tom,

If I don’t get the chance after today I would like to go ahead and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Gio-

23 12 2009
Joan

Really, Gio, privacy has got nothing to do with this matter! Thoughtfulness, courtesy, allegiance, empathy and responsible behavior would warrant you notifying Eowyn, your editor, and Steve, by telephone, with how you were doing since you were MIA and people were praying for you and worried about you. Still, you have the audacity to say that this is about protection of your privacy! Eowyn has given you her personal telephonic information. Eowyn also highly values her privacy, but has the integrity and character to realize that you, whom she works with closely, who is supposed to be a colleague as well as a friend, needs to have this information in case something happens to her, which may affect the blog. Also, your description of the 80 trees and what not is exaggerated. I know that Eowyn gave “her all” by and through the excellence of her work and communication skills and deserved from you the simple courtesy of a telephone call since your e-mail was out of commission. Give me a break – you have no excuses and frankly, you are not what you portray yourself to be.

23 12 2009
giovanniworld

Hi Joan,

I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Gio-

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