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Mr. Griffin goes to Washington

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Tim Griffin has been tweeting regularly about his ascension to Congress representing the 2nd District. This morning, the Little Rock Republican proudly posted a photo of his office sign in the Longworth House Office Building.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee welcomed Griffin to town with a statement noting the irony — if not outrage — of his aassignment to a seat on the Judiciary Committee. It issued a statement that said, in part:


“Tim Griffin was a linchpin of one of the dirtiest, Washington-insider schemes that brought down the Bush-era Justice Department and now, ironically, House Republicans have appointed him to oversee the very department he helped undermine,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Griffin loves to talk about his 6-month stint as a US Attorney but forgets to tell voters that he was forced to quit amid the national scandal about his hiring. It came to light that Tim Griffin was illegitimately appointed to the role of US Attorney as part of a massive controversy over unprecedented political influence over the Department of Justice. Arkansas families are right to question the character of Tim ‘Dirty Tricks’ Griffin and question his appointment to oversee our justice system knowing his rap sheet.”

Talking Points Memo also gives Tim G. a little more unflattering ink.

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE STATEMENT

House Republicans recently chose the man at the center of the recent nationwide hiring scandal surrounding the Department of Justice, Representative-elect Tim Griffin, to be on the House Judiciary Committee. Tim Griffin (R-Washington, DC) has been a career political operative in Washington who rose up to be an acolyte of political guru Karl Rove. Griffin resigned in disgrace as a U.S. Attorney amid a national scandal and has been implicated in voter suppression scandals during the 2004 elections.

“Tim Griffin was a linchpin of one of the dirtiest, Washington-insider schemes that brought down the Bush-era Justice Department and now, ironically, House Republicans have appointed him to oversee the very department he helped undermine,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Griffin loves to talk about his 6-month stint as a US Attorney but forgets to tell voters that he was forced to quit amid the national scandal about his hiring. It came to light that Tim Griffin was illegitimately appointed to the role of US Attorney as part of a massive controversy over unprecedented political influence over the Department of Justice. Arkansas families are right to question the character of Tim ‘Dirty Tricks’ Griffin and question his appointment to oversee our justice system knowing his rap sheet.”

Background

Griffin a Protégé of Karl Rove, Part of Larger U.S. Attorney Scandal. In 2006, U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins was removed from office by President George W. Bush in what became a national controversy over undue political influence by the Bush administration on U.S. Attorneys. “Griffin, a protégé of key Bush adviser Karl Rove, was named to replace Cummins after Rove advanced his name in e-mails to White House officials for the position.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/22/09; Washington Post, 6/6/10]

June 2007: Griffin Resigns as Interim District Attorney. Griffin’s resignation as intern District Attorney became effective June 1, 2007. While discussing his resignation after only 7 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]

Tim Griffin (AR-02) — Tim Griffin was involved in Bush-era US attorney firings. “Republican 2nd District congressional candidate Tim Griffin ‘had a role’ in the U.S. attorney controversy of George W. Bush’s administration, the former U.S. attorney who was replaced by Griffin said today. Bud Cummins said Griffin’s role in the affair has been documented but declined to offer an opinion on Griffin’s involvement or his performance as U.S. attorney. Cummins, who described himself as ‘a staunch Republican,’ also declined to say who he supports in the 2nd District congressional race.” [Arkansas News Bureau, 9/20/10]

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