In an email that I just received, The Politico is breaking this news:

Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce this afternoon that he's switching parties to become a Republican.

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.  Back in August, Griffith said he wasn't going to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker next year.  That is something you just don't say if you plan on remaining in the Democrat Party.  He also asked in November not to be identified as a Democrat, but rather "a conservative, independent Blue Dog."...

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