One of my major beefs with Parker Griffith's decision to switch parties midstream is that he automatically gave up his committee assignments, two of which were very important to the future of North Alabama. He sat on the Transportation Committee which influences road funding and the Science and Technology Committee which oversees NASA, among other things. Griffith had no committee assignments whatsoever for over 6 weeks.
Republicans finally made room for him on the Commerce committee and Griffith has spun that as a plum assignment — virtually the best thing that could have happened for his constituents. In looking back at this video from Griffith's announcement in 2008, I noticed a reporter asked him what committee he hoped to serve on if elected. Surprisingly, Commerce is not mentioned at all. Listen, starting at about 20 seconds:
I would love, of course to be on Appropriations, I'd love to be on Intelligence, but there is a committee assignment that happens about every 5 years and that's Transportation. We need that desperately here.
The committee assignments this guy gave up were plums, Commerce is merely the best his new pals could do. Just another instance of Parker Griffith changing his tune, spinning things to his own advantage.