Parker Griffith (D-AL) is now Parker Griffith (R-AL)
Freshman Democratic Representative Parker Griffith of Alabama has just quit the Democratic party and is now a freshman Republican representative.
No great loss, really. He represents Alabama's fifth district, which runs along the northern border of the state, and is heavily Republican. There are currently three Republicans running against him, and odds were very good that one of them would blow the freshman Democrat out of the water. Now that he's a freshman Republican, he's safe.
Griffith has been consistently voting against the Democratic agenda, so really, who gives a damn what this guy calls himself? The numbers in the House will change slightly, but the results of the votes won't. We can call a spade a spade now: Griffith is the Republican he always was, and now it's official.
Of course, the RNC is likely to pull its TV ad against Griffith. But does anything really ever die on the internet?