by Max Brantley
Karl Rove acolyte Tim Griffin (he once told Rove he'd thought of naming his child for him), his political skills honed as an attack dog for the Bush White House, flocks with similar birds. He's bringing Republican pit bull Rep. Eric Cantor (he of the miracle bullet that fell through a Richmond office window) to Little Rock for a fund-raiser at the Capital Hotel today.
The Democratic Party welcomed him with a fusillade that Griffin could appreciate, having ginned out similar himself.
The $250-a-plate affair, being held at noon at the hotel owned by Griffin's finance chair Warren Stephens, is hosted by Stephens' wingman Curt Bradbury and his wife Chucki.
Griffin, who hadn't made much of Cantor's visit previously, responded that he's proud to have him in town.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS RELEASE
Disgraced former U.S. Attorney and divisive Washington political operative, Tim Griffin (R-Washington, D. C.) is bringing more of the same to Arkansas when Republican Congressman Eric Cantor comes to the state for a private fundraiser on Wednesday. Cantor, a member of the Republican leadership, “played a starring role” in authoring the Wall Street bailout package and supports privatizing Social Security. Griffin has spent his career as a Washington political operative, rising to the level of deputy director of political affairs as Karl Rove’s apprentice.
“’Everything old is new again’, certainly comes to mind when Tim brings his Washington cronies to Arkansas”, said Mariah Hatta, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. “Arkansas families deserve better than to be represented by a Karl Rove hatchet man. Griffin brings the slash and burn politics of D.C. to Arkansas, but he should be reminded that while we love to call the Hogs, we also call for a certain level of civility in public discourse and sincerity in our public servants. Tim’s fanciful notions of gambling away our Social Security on Wall Street, and using his Washington-insider status doesn’t appeal to Arkansans.”
Griffin fits in better with his Washington Beltway friends and special interests than he does with the hard working families of Central Arkansas. Who will the next chip off the old block Washingtonian be that Griffin brings here?
Washington Helps Washington. On Wednesday, March 31, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor will headline a fundraising event at The Capitol Hotel in Little Rock. [Invitation attached]
Griffin worked as an aide (third in command) to Karl Rove starting in 2005. He was named special assistant to the president and deputy director of political affairs. In 2006, President Bush removed U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, “in what became a national controversy over undue political influence by the administration on U.S attorneys.” Cummins was replaced by Griffin, with the recommendation of Karl Rove. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2/07/07; 9/22/09]
June 2007: Griffin Resigns as Interim District Attorney Griffin’s resignation as interim District Attorney became effective June 1, 2007. While discussing his resignation after only six months in the position, he said he wanted to move home and stay in Arkansas “for good” with his family. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 6/15/07; Associated Press, 6/15/07]
House GOP Leaders support privatizing social security and support Tim Griffin (R-Washington, D. C.). In May 2001, now Republican Whip Eric Cantor and NRCC Chairman Representative Pete Sessions, co-signed a letter to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security urging for privatization. The letter read, “Social Security reform must offer younger workers the opportunity to improve their rates of return using personal retirement accounts.” [Rep. Jim DeMint Letter to The Social Security Reform Commission, 5/24/01]
• Griffin is a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns candidate program. [NRCC]
Hometown Paper: Cantor “Played a Starring Role in Pushing for the Package.” According to Cantor’s hometown newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Six of the 11 House members from Virginia stood their ground yesterday and again voted against the $700 billion bailout plan. But Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, who played a starring role in pushing for the package, appeared relieved to have success after the surprise defeat of the measure Monday. ‘I'm glad it's over,’ he said.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/4/08]
In 2005, Tim Griffin was appointed a “special assistant to the president and deputy director of political affairs – No. 3 to political guru Karl Rove.” One of his “primary jobs will be firming up grass-roots support for President Bush’s agenda.” At the time, it was clear that “Social Security will be the type of thing he will help coordinate.” [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 4/28/05] • In 2005, President Bush went on a 60 stops in 60 days Social Security tour, following him outlining the details of his private account plan in his February State of the Union Address. [Washington Post, 4/27/05]
“I am proud to welcome Rep. Cantor to the Second District and am honored to have his support. Rep. Cantor believes in our campaign because he’s witnessed the tremendous amount of grassroots support our campaign has received from conservative Arkansans who want to take their government back and have a Congress that works for them, not against them.
“Rep. Cantor helped lead the fight to stop Speaker Pelosi’s health care bill. Following its passage, it is clear that Arkansans can no longer afford to have her in charge. The Second District is key to building a new conservative majority in Congress so that leaders like Rep. Cantor can be a check against the policies of the current administration. I look forward to the opportunity of working with Rep. Cantor as your next congressman.”