Griffith switches positions to fit GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama has switched some of his positions to more neatly fit the conservative mold along with abandoning the Democratic Party to become a Republican.

Documents obtained by The Associated press show that in 2008 he would not support renewing the tax cuts Republicans had passed under President George W. Bush, and he backed a "card check" proposal sought by union organizers.

Those were his stands in an internal survey for a major labor union.

He now says his views on those issues have changed.

Republican leaders in Washington say they have faith that Griffith's conversion to the GOP is sincere. But in the north Alabama district, Republican opponent Mo Brooks says voters don't want "flip-floppers."

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