John Burkhalter goes after Tim Griffin's record | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, September 18, 2014

John Burkhalter goes after Tim Griffin's record

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

John Burkhalter,
the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, opened his ad blitz with some effective biographical advertising featuring his church pastor and information about his success in business. His new ad goes after his Republican opponent, Rep. Tim Griffin.

What do you think?

Griffin is a career politician if there ever was one. He's had a scant bit of time in law practice, but has spent most of his time in political jobs (specializing as an oppo hit man), Congress or consulting on political issues. Burkhalter also targets some of his congressional votes. Why not? It's a better measure of a candidate than largely empty promises about the wonders a lieutenant governor can do for the state economy.

Tim Griffin would counter by saying he was endorsed by the NRA. Which, of course, he was. It is a cold day in a hot place when a Democrat, no matter how much a gun lover, gets an NRA endorsement.

Griffin also was distributing a misleading-to-the-point of dishonest message that Burkhalter was way off base in calling him a career politician because he'd only been in Congress four years. Yes, but since 1995, Griffin has worked almost exclusively in jobs in government or Republican jobs with deeply partisan origins. It's silly to be so misleading when the record is so easy to find. Even his brief tenure as U.S. attorney was tarred by political scheming that got him the job by cooking up a spurious reason to dump his former friend Bud Cummins so Griffin could have the political platform.

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