Former Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) will seek a primary rematch against Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), he told a local Alabama newspaper.

Griffith won his seat as a Democrat in 2008, but switched to the GOP halfway through his term. Brooks dispatched him easily in the primary, winning by 51 percent to 33 and avoiding the runoff that would have been held if no candidate broke 50 percent.

Brooks is the first Republican since shortly after the Civil War to hold the seat, which is centered in Huntsville. Because the state has an open primary in which Democrats can vote, if Griffith can persuade enough conservative Democrats to vote for him, he might be able to make the race interesting.

"When I changed parties, I hurt a lot of feelings," Griffith told the paper. "I've had to go back and explain this is about jobs, about maintaining our community and making it a better place."