Tim Griffin’s (R) campaign for Congress is off and running. The former White House aide to Karl Rove and key figure in the U.S. Attorney firings scandal has raised $130,000 since filing his statement of candidacy Sept. 29, according to his campaign’s Web site.
Griffin is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Vic Snyder (D) for his Little Rock-area House seat next year. He previously decided not to run for Senate against Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D). More details about his donors be released when he files a Federal Election Commission report due Oct. 15.
Then-U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appointed Griffin interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in December 2006, after the abrupt firing of Bud Cummins. In congressional testimony, emails released by Congress, and media reports, it later emerged that the White House helped engineer Cummins’ ouster to make way for Griffin. The U.S. Attorney job was seen as a credential to enhance Griffin’s resume for an expected future run for political office, news reports have said. Instead, Griffin resigned six months after the appointment amid uproar over the broader U.S. Attorneys firing scandal.
“I am humbled and honored at the support I have received to date, but there is much more work to be done in what will be a grassroots, neighbor-to neighbor campaign,” Griffin said in a statement.