Parker Griffith Promises Progressivism on Multiple Platforms for All Alabamians

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When accepting the nomination for the democrat gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday night in Huntsville, Parker Griffith made a point to distinguish himself from his opponent.

Of incumbent republican Robert Bentley, Griffith said “The playing field is level, except for our ideas. The public has a real, real clear choice. I’m for Medicaid expansion; I’m for a lottery for education; I’m for creating jobs – he’s not.”

After announcing his first order of business as governor would be to hold a special session to expand, reform and retool Medicaid, Griffith delved into Alabama’s need for an image and ideology makeover.

“We have got an administration right now that’s interested in turning the clock back. It’s about nostalgia politics: ‘can’t we go back to the good old days when everybody knew their place?’,” Griffith chided.

“Alabama is presenting an image to the rest of the nation that they are anti-women, anti-hispanic, anti-blacks and anti-business.”

As he spouted off a list a groups he says are marginalized in Alabama by default – there was one group not mentioned out loud by Griffith – but certainly implied.

Implied by way of the man standing directly to the right of Parker as he addressed supporters.

The man who before his address, Parker pulled up to the mic stand saying, “I want him up here.”

A gay man. A local gay activist and advocate, in fact.

James Robinson shares a hug with Parker Griffith primary night (PHOTO: David Wood, WHNT)

James Robinson shares a hug with Parker Griffith primary night (PHOTO: David Wood, WHNT)

The man standing next to Griffith wearing a rainbow-colored Alabama lapel pin aside his ‘I Voted’ sticker: James Robinson, founder and executive director of Huntsville’s GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. 

The question, naturally, is why? And maybe, what Alabama public figure in his right mind – given our state’s social political climate and stance on issues like gay marriage – would align himself with a GLBT advocate in the midst of a gubernatorial bid?

Well – it seems Parker Griffith would.

“It’s a very new relationship,” explains Robinson. “I was interested and I approached Dr. Griffith, sat down with him and had a very open conversation with him about my activism and the fact that I work for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer community. I talked to him about the fact that the Alabama that he is going to be governor of is going to be a different Alabama than it is today.”

James Robinson looks on during Griffith's primary night candidacy speech. (PHOTO: David Wood, WHNT)

James Robinson looks on during Griffith’s primary night candidacy speech. (PHOTO: David Wood, WHNT)

Griffith told Robinson he wanted to be the governor of all Alabamians. Robinson then asked if he could join Griffith’s team to which the candidate responded in the affirmative. Robinson was recognized for his work fighting bullying during the February 19, 2012 14th Annual Vigil for Victims of Hate & Violence in Montgomery. He’s now taken his advocacy to a new, more visible level in an alliance with Griffith.

“I was very honored when he pulled me aside and had me stand beside him as he did that interview – it was amazing,” says Robinson.

Robinson was brought on as a Constituency Director for the Griffith campaign – specifically for the GLBT community.

“It means that I will be helping Dr. Griffith understand issues that are important to this community and other often overlooked minority communities that we don’t always think about,” Robinson said of his new role.

Robinson want to help ensure all Alabamians have a voice at the table, so to speak

“Dr. Griffith is someone who will listen to you,” Robinson ensures. “He will listen to your concerns, he will have the conversations with you  – and that is much more than has happened in Alabama in the past and it has to be the Alabama of the future.”

So, looks like in addition to espousing sweeping changes in Alabama’s approach to healthcare, education funding and job creation – Parker Griffith is making a concerted effort to show he concerns himself with the way we treat people in this state. From women, to Hispanics, to blacks – and even the gay community.

“I was respected,” Robinson finishes, “I don’t believe for a moment that we will all agree on every issue in any way whatsoever but this is the future of Alabama and it is our hope – it is Dr. Griffith.”



  • Brian S.

    How on God’s green earth anyone can vote for this low-life is beyond me. For the love of God he deliberately under-dosed cancer patients, billed for the full amount, and pocketed the money!! HH and an outside review concluded this! Some of his patients died and others suffered unnecessarily! This information is readily available on the net for anyone who would be interested. Why he is not in prison is beyond me. Why anyone would want trash like this to represent them is even more baffling. Thank GOD that Bentley will wipe the floor with him come the fall!

  • Mike

    I’d hardly say Alabama has an “anti-business” reputation. . . Where’d this guy get that idea? ? ?

    I’d say he has pretty much tanked his own campaign, though, so it really won’t matter.

    • robert Burke

      It could be that he said that because Alabama had 1.9 million people employed in the state and now thirteen years later, we have 1.9 million employed. and ‘Bama is the only state where unemployment increased last year

    • robert Burke

      It could be that he said that because in 2001 Alabama had 1.9 million people employed in the state and now thirteen years later, we have 1.9 million employed. and ‘Bama is the only state where unemployment increased last year

  • tim

    I would not be ok with an expansion of government ( medicaid ). This guy is a joke , you can see right through him and if you can’t you’re blind. He is for big government which = higher taxes, more corruption ect… We wouldn’t need an education lottery if the state would properly fund the schools. The state is already bleeding families dry with 5% income tax with ridiculously low exemptions and deductions. Forget about expanding government its a short term fix with long term consequences. This guy makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up !!!!!!

  • Branko Pezdi

    “Alabama is presenting an image to the rest of the nation that they are anti-women, anti-hispanic, anti-blacks and anti-business.”

    Ummmm no, you weasel. The dem/libs spout that image daily, not only about Alabama and the South but about Republicans and conservatives in general. Part of their standard M.O.

  • Bill

    This is what happens when good folks DON’t get out and vote! Besides that, there are those who just vote straight D or R. Based on the above comments there are those who do their homework.
    This guy is an idot!!!! For those of you who voted for him……you get what you get, an idot like YOU.

  • suzanawylie

    I’m very pleased to see Griffith taking a stand with the LGBT community, helping Alabama out of the mire of prejudice that has ruled for so long. Mr. Robinson’s support of this candidate is unprecedented (I know Mr. Robinson personally) and for him to take such a bold stand says a lot to me about Griffith’s evolving beliefs. It gives me hope for Alabamians, *all* Alabamians. Thank you, Dr. Griffith.

  • Joann C.R.

    I would like to congratulate Parker Griffith on his promise to make Alabama a state where ALL minorities are recognized as equal and given the respect all humans deserve. Alabama has lived in the past long enough. Thank you Parker Griffith.

    • Branko Pezdi

      What planet do you live on because it sure ain’t Earth. Why do you dem/libs lie all the time?

  • Melissa

    Thank FSM that someone is finally trying to drag this regressive embarrassment of a state into the year 2014! So proud of James and will be happily casting my vote for Parker in November. He is a breath of fresh air compared to the same old rotting conservative corpses in our state administration.

    • Branko Pezdi

      Your statement is truly funny because in actuality it is you dem/libs who are trying to hold onto your old, long discredited rot of an ideology.

  • Say What

    Dr. Griffith will surprise many of the dinosaurs in Alabama when he catches the attention of those tired of Republicans trying to turn back the clock!!!

    • Me

      You honestly think he has a chance?! That’s quite funny. Simply being for an education lottery will not get this moron elected. Many would vote for him on that alone if it wasn’t for his teetering values and beliefs as well as want for a Medicaid expansion.

    • Branko Pezdi

      Why do you think the Republicans are trying to turn back the clock to the racist Democrat days of 50 and 100 years ago in Alabama? You are truly weirdly clueless.

  • Sybil

    I cannot vote for Parker Grifter. He is all about switch and bait. You want to flip one ‘Dr/Governor’ for another?
    P.S.: As an oncologist, he was never known for his bedside manner. Just ask the famlies of cancer/AIDS patients under his care. Cruel and hateful. And please feel free to check out his ‘fake’ medicaid expansion plan…

  • Jeff Grill

    Get it right…the Democratic party nomination for governor, not
    “…democrat nomination…”

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