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Alabama GOP Chairman Comments On Griffith's Switch

It's still unclear how Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith's switch to the Republican Party today will be received in the GOP, though conservatives -- per RedState.com and Club for Growth -- don't appear enamored with it.

As for the GOP establishment, here is a statement from Alabama GOP Chairman Mike Hubbard:

"It was a pleasant surprise when Congressman Griffith called me this morning to inform me that he is leaving the Democrats to become a Republican. However, it is not a surprise that Griffith realized the Democrat Party has now become more liberal than ever - making Obama, Reid and Nancy Pelosi the gifts that keep on giving for the Republican Party. The Alabama Republican Party has a strong strategy it is implementing for 2010. We are right on the issues and our candidates will reflect our platform of lower taxes and smaller government. It is obvious that the people of Alabama are embracing our plan as the Party picked up two former Democrat seats in summer Special Elections - one of those being Griffith's former state Senate seat. The winds of change are strong in Alabama as we have raised more money than ever for 2010 and we are coming with an aggressive plan that we believe will forever reshape the political landscape. I challenge Democrats running in 2010 to make a choice. Do you want to stand with us and fight the Obama/Pelosi/Reid Administration, or do you want to stand with them and defend them? It's a choice Parker Griffith made today."