HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The official website Griffithforgovernor.com is up and running, and retired Huntsville physician and businessman Parker Griffith is now campaigning for the Governor’s office.
Griffith no stranger to politics. He has lost a mayor’s race, won a State Senate post and has been elected to Congress. He has also been, in order, a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent. He’s now back to being a Democrat.
“I decided to run for governor. I returned to the Democratic party and they received me,” said Griffith. “I’m a lot wiser than I was, you know I’ve never been a good politician. I admit that. I want to be a help to Alabama.”
The 71-year-old told WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson that he can win the race, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work and the people of Alabama are going to have understand that they’ve been fooled.
Griffith believes three issues will put him over the top.
“We’re going to create jobs. We’re going to have an education lottery, and we’re going to expand Medicaid,” said Griffith.
At this point, Griffith still has to run in a Democratic Primary, but it’s incumbent Governor Robert Bentley he’ll have to beat to take over in Montgomery. Bentley has some $3 million in his campaign account, and Griffith says he can’t match that right now.
“I know it’s a challenge. I know it’s a quote, unquote “Republican State.” But it’s not a Republican state when you look at your children. It’s a children’s state. It’s for us to make their lives better,” said Griffith.
He’ll be taking his campaign on the road in the next week with appearances planned in Decatur, Anniston, Montgomery and Mobile.