Ex-rep. who ran as Dem, then as a Republican may try again as Independent

Former Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.), who switched from the Democratic to Republican Party, may make another bid for Congress — as an Independent.  

According to Alabama’s AL.com, one of Griffith’s friends was seen at a local café in the Huntsville area passing around a petition to get Griffith on the ballot in the 5th Congressional District for the 2014 election. 

The news site obtained a copy of the petition this week but they were unable to reach Griffith himself for a comment. 

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In order for Griffith to qualify for ballot access, he must collect signatures of at least 3 percent of the district’s registered voters.  

"I've been on both parties, I've seen them up close and personal," he said on local TV station WHNT earlier this month. "Neither one of them are worth a damn. I'm an independent." 

Griffith was first elected to the House as a Democrat in 2008. Voters in the district also voted for then-GOP presidential nominee John McCain that year over President Obama. 

Less than a year into his freshman term, Griffith switched to the Republican Party. He lost to current Republican Rep. Mo Brooks in the 2010 primary election. 

In 2012, Griffith tried again to defeat Brooks, but was unsuccessful.