Tea Party group in Alabama disappointed that Boehner will fundraise for party-switcher Parker Griffith

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Tea Party activists in the district of Rep. Parker Griffith, the Alabama congressman who in January left the Democratic Party to become a Republican, are not pleased that House Minority Leader John Boehner will headline a fundraiser for Griffith in Huntsville next week.

“Just last weekend Congressman Boehner issued a press release stating that Republicans must listen to and stand with Tea Party activists,” said Christie Carden, founder of the Huntsville Tea Party. “It is this sort of behavior amongst party establishment that causes many voters to consider a third-party vote.”

Carden said “if Boehner has been paying attention to his own party in Alabama’s 5th congressional district” he would know about the “two excellent constitutionally conservative candidates in this race.”

Les Phillip and Mo Brooks are challenging Griffith for the Republican nomination.

“Why members of the national Republican Party would choose to fight against two good Republican candidates that Tea Party activists and the local GOP have gotten behind is beyond me,” Carden said.

After Griffith’s party switch, the Madison County Republican Executive Committee passed a resolution “urging people to vote for anyone but Griffith.”