Tim Griffin: Oppo man | Arkansas Blog

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tim Griffin: Oppo man

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove acolyte and Bush administration political hit man, is running for 2nd District Congress in Arkansas. But he's gotta make a living.

It would appear some of the dough has come from Griffin doing the same-old, same-old, -- opposition research -- this time in South Carolina.  A highly opinionated blog (not that there's anything wrong with that) connects some of the dots on $36,000 paid to Griffin for "policy research and backgrounders" for Gresham Barrett, a candidate for governor.

“This guy embodies everything that was wrong with the Bush Administration,” one South Carolina insider told The Palmetto Scoop. “He is a stain on the Republican Party.”

Prior to becoming the poster boy for the politicization of the U.S. Attorney’s office, Griffin was reportedly involved in “caging” efforts to suppress the African American vote. The reports were so prevalent that Griffin was forced to resign as U.S. Attorney.

In a 2008 column, Robert Novak even noted that Griffin specialized in “the digging up of derogatory information about political opponents.”

So what is Barrett doing paying Griffin the equivalent of a year’s salary for many South Carolinians? And why does he want to get this guy involved in South Carolina politics?

It could have something to do with Tompkins, whom Barrett paid $8,000 during the quarter. [Lobbyist Warren] Tompkins, also a Bush crony, has his own record of dirty deeds which have been credited with destroying the Republican Party.

CNN's report on the payments says Griffin has scaled back his consulting work while he campaigns for Congress.

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