Voter Profile: A Democrat for 84 Years

Betty Griffith said she has been a Democrat since she was 6 years old, in 1928.

Eldersburg resident Betty Griffith said she has been a Democrat since 1928.

Griffith, who will turn 90 in five days, was on her way to vote at Oklahoma Road Middle School in Sykesville, MD, Tuesday when she told her story to Patch.

"I became a Democrat when I was six years old," Griffith said. 

She said that when she was six, she carved the name "Al Smith" into her mahogany bed headboard. Alfred "Al" Smith was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1928. She recalls getting in quite a bit of trouble for her carving.

Griffith said she has been a political junkie all her life, although she likes to keep quiet about it. She said it isn't easy being a Democrat in Carroll County, known to be a conservative Republican county in a blue state.

"My hero was Roosevelt," Griffith said. "I have a picture of him hanging in my room."

Although she thinks who a person votes for is personal, Griffith revealed Tuesday that she will vote for President Barack Obama.

She said she is a little confused about referendum Question 7--gambling--and although she is a lifelong Catholic, she said she will vote to uphold the same-sex marriage law.

"I just don't see what other people marrying has to do with me," Griffith said. 

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WatchingInMtAiry November 06, 2012 at 10:45 PM
God bless you Betty. We should all learn a lesson from her.
WORLD KID November 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I'm VERY proud of you. How wonderful that President Obama won a second term. The alternative was one many of us could not have lived with. Being a Democrat does indeed take courage in this county, but it is worth it. Sadly, the Republicans in this county are obsessed and very sore losers and would vote for anyone (regardless of credentials) if he /she joins the Republican party.
romeo valianti November 08, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I have been a democrat since I was born in 1924. Serving in the military along with my three other brothers during world war 2 & the Korean war. Over the years, I voted for Republicans as well as Democrats. Today too many Democrats and Republicans are tied too much to their political party and would not ever vote for the person in another political party. Well I am happy to say that even though the person I voted for lost the presidential election , I am very happy that I cast my vote for the person that I felt was the most qualified for to be President Of The United State Mitt Rommany. Now that he was elected, lets see if he can bring congress together for the good of American people.
jeff griffith November 22, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Way to go, Mom.


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