The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Election 2012

March 11, 2012

Brooks, Griffith to square off Tuesday

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Dr. Parker Griffith

Griffith said Athens and Limestone County are a pivotal part of the economy in North Alabama and he pledged to help foster that environment as a congressman. He said he has been a job creator over the past 35 years and has been involved in businesses in the area.

“I’ve been an investor and I continue to pay property taxes in Limestone County. I know it very well and I know its potential,” he said. “I believe the citizens of Limestone need someone in Washington who can develop relationships with all members of Congress. We have to protect defense, space and recruiting nationally and internationally.”

Though he didn’t name any specific incidents by Brooks, Griffith said comments made by an official no longer take weeks or months to travel to foreign countries. He said North Alabama cannot afford a congressman who shows “we are intolerant, hateful or unwelcoming.”

“I am someone who is interested in creating jobs and forming relationships in Congress,” he said. “When we talk about the space program, we’ll need the help of those in Texas, Florida, Ohio and other areas. We’ve got to be aware that we can justify making a friend, but we can’t justify making enemies in Congress.”

Griffith, who founded the Huntsville Cancer Treatment Center in 1986, retired from medicine in 1992. He said improved medical facilities and a four-year medical school could help provide jobs in North Alabama for years to come. His medical experience, he said, could also help the state wade through a looming Medicaid crisis.

“We are the only place in Alabama that does not have a four-year medical school and that would be something I am well-suited to bring to the area,” he said. “As we go through the changes in the Affordable Care Act, my expertise will be important to this district.”

 

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