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Griffin: Only in a Burkhalter-Obama Economy Is 4 Years a ‘Career’

LITTLE ROCK – Second District Congressman Tim Griffin, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, issued the following statement in response to the ad released by his Democrat opponent:

“My opponent’s new ad forgets to mention that he is Obama’s preferred candidate, and the last thing Arkansans want is an Obama ally in the Lt. Governor’s office. I’ve fought hard against Obama’s harmful policies. Only in a Burkhalter-Obama economy would my four years of service be considered a ‘career’ and a pro-growth, pro-jobs record be considered bad.”

Ad Backgrounder

1. January 8, 2013, American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8): Griffin fully supported the House version of H.R. 8 and only opposed the final bill after President Obama and Senate Democrats decided to add billions of dollars in unacceptable wasteful spending.

2. April 12, 2012, Motion to Recommit During Consideration of H.R. 9: This vote was a Motion to Recommit (MTR) with Instructions offered by the Democrat minority. MTRs are procedural motions that are not substantive legislative proposals. They are offered by the minority party in Congress with the goal of stopping or changing the underlying bill on the floor from being passed by the HouseGriffin opposed this MTR since it would have delayed or killed the underlying bill, the Small Business Tax Cut Act, which Griffin supported and passed the House. 

3. October 21, 2011, Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (H.R. 2832): The actual work force training bill was the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), which Griffin supported. The vote cited by Mr. Burkhalter, which Griffin opposed, was an extension of TAA in 2011. Griffin opposed this because evidence shows that the TAA program is ineffective. A study conducted by professors at American University found that the TAA program “has no discernable impact on the employment outcomes of the participants.” Griffin could not in good conscience support spending billions of dollars in taxpayers’ hard-earned money to fund a program that, while well intentioned, is simply not working.

4. Mr. Burkhalter uses the term “career politician” in his ad. He must be referring to his running mate, Mike Ross, gubernatorial candidate, who served 12 years in Congress and 10 years in the State Legislature for a total of 22 years. In contrast, Griffin has served only four years.

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was re-elected as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012. For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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