Alabama party switcher Rep. Parker Griffith can run as a Republican

Mike Riggs Contributor

From native Alabamian Alex Pappas:

The Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee voted to allow Griffith, the congressman from the Alabama fifth who in December changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican, to run on the GOP ticket. Griffith is facing a primary challenge from two other challengers, and has taken on lots of flak since his party switch, including a recent protest by conservatives and liberals alike of a fundraiser for him featuring Republican leader John Boehner.

But what’s riling up some Alabama GOPers is that Griffith, on Saturday, was allowed to run as a Republican, but current Republican state Sen. Harri Anne Smith was denied access from running as a Republican because of her prior support of a current Democratic congressman, Rep. Bobby Bright.