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Most of Griffith's staff resigns

From NBC's Mark Murray
Several staffers working for Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, who recently switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP, have announced their resignations.

The staffers include his chief of staff, legislative director, and press secretary.

Per a release distributed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "Nearly every staff member of Representative Parker Griffith's office tendered their resignation this morning in response to his recent decision to change party membership. This included the Chief of Staff, along with the entire legislative and communications team. In departing Griffith's office, the staff characterized his party-switch as a "mistake" and emphasized that this district has "benefited" from conservative Democratic leadership. Many of the staff members had worked for Griffith since before he arrived in Washington including several who worked on his campaign for Congress in 2008."

More: "Alabama's Fifth District has deserved and has benefited from great Democratic conservative leadership since Reconstruction. And until now they had it," Chief of Staff Sharon Wheeler said. "But Parker Griffith has abandoned the legacy of conservative leadership provided by Bud Cramer, Ronnie Flippo, Bob Jones, Howell Heflin, Jim Allen, Lister Hill, John Sparkman, Big Jim Folsom, and so many more."

(Politico's Ben Smith reports that two of these listed Alabama politicians -- Hill and Sparkman -- were segregationists. Of course, that was true of many Southern Democrats during the '50s and '60s.)