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Brant Clifton gives us the scoop on Walter Jones' potential challenger

October 03, 2013
Count on Brant Clifton to give us the inside scoop on politicians. This time he nails Taylor Griffin, who has announced that he is leaving the revolving door Inside The Beltway Club and moving back to DownEast. His purpose is to run against Walter B. Jones. One has to wonder if John Boehner and Eric Cantor are behind this, but Brant has the skinny on it:
Well, it appears Walter Jones is picking up another primary opponent:

Taylor Griffin, a former aide to President George W. Bush who went on to co-found Hamilton Place Strategies, has moved back home to eastern North Carolina and on Thursday will announce a challenge to a fellow Republican, Rep. Walter Jones. Jones, a former Democrat who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, made headlines by voting for the Iraq war and then becoming one of its most vocal GOP opponents. Jones once told a conference of Ron Paul supporters: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney."

Griffin, 38, said in a phone interview that he plans to run as a "real conservative:" "California should have the most liberal Republican [House member], not eastern North Carolina. … When a few people started talking to me about this race, I said, 'Well, I'll go and talk to some people and see what I think about it.' I started spending time here with grass-roots activists and civic leaders and fishermen and asking them about it, and they all told me that they'd like me to run." His slogan: "Conservative Principles Mean Conservative Results."

Hmm. Mr. "Real Conservative" set up a lobbying and PR shop in DC with a partner who, until recently, was one of Barry Obama's press flacks. if you look at the staff profiles, the firm is loaded with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama alumni. There are a few token Republicans, who worked for "conservative giants" like Olympia Snowe, Mitt Romney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The roster for Griffin's campaign team looks like a Who's Who of GOP establishment types in Raleigh and DC. His campaign lawyer, Ben Ginsberg, is famous for authoring those notorious rules changes at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

I've had some disagreements with Jones in the past, but lately he's had me smiling with his stances on the debt ceiling, federal spending and ObamaCare. He regularly puts his thumb in the eye of the House leadership. That earned him removal from some key committees, and likely had something to do with this particular primary challenge.

The mainstream media is trying to cast Mark Harris's entry into the GOP's US Senate primary as an inside-outside fight between Harris and state House speaker Thom Tillis. Tillis's campaign is loaded up with establishment figures from Raleigh and Charlotte. But it is a stretch to call Harris an outsider candidate. His consultant is nationally-renowned Tom Perdue of Georgia, and former congressman and NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes is his chairman. His staff is loaded with former NCGOP employees. These rosters read like an intra-squad scrimmage between the members of the GOP establishment.

Conventional wisdom is out there that Harris was pulled into the race to slice conservative support from Tea Party favorite Greg Brannon — who is fundraising and polling well against establishment favorite Tillis. It came out today that Robin Hayes personally flew Harris around the state Wednesday in his (Hayes') personal aircraft for a barnstorming campaign roll-out. Harris is closely tied to former Charlotte mayor and current governor Pat McCrory. McCrory was the featured speaker at Harris' installation at Charlotte's First Baptist Church.

The timing of Harris' formal announcement is also curious. It comes just after
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    A few things were left out
    October 04, 2013 | 03:49 AM

    I guess this guy Brant Clifton never comes around here because if he did, he would have put a few more items in his article.
    I met Taylor Griffin a while back when he showed up at a fish house in Atlantic. He told us he was traveling the district to talk with folks to see what the response was to him running. He told us about his Washington background, but working for the our great Senator Jesse Helms and President Bush didn't turn me off one bit. He is a recreational fisherman and hunter and he spends lots of time back here and that was one of his reasons he decided to come back and run against Jones.
    Also, I don't about all these lawyers that were mentioned but Doug Raymond from right here in Beaufort is running his campaign.
    Myself and the other commercial fishermen who met Taylor that day were very impressed and we all know Doug and his strong conservative views from when he used to be on the radio.
    I think somebody from the observer should call Taylor and give him a chance to talk to you just like he talked to us. I think your opinion might change.

    Donald Willis
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    Sign on the dotted line.
    October 04, 2013 | 07:30 PM

    Were you truly impressed with what he said? Then he plays his role good. Like Obongo, ALL politicians know that to get elected you simply tell them everything they want to hear. Five or six decades ago the people of a town or village in the Midwest had had enough of politicians' lies and false promises so the majority party gathered up each candidate's promises and told them they would have to sign a document saying they would do everything they said they'd do or resign from office immediately. A couple did sign thinking it was unenforceable I guess and sure enough, a bald face lie had been made by a now elected candidate and he was told to resign. He didn't and was shunned so thoroughly that he was impotent in every way in that town. He eventually resigned.

    Perhaps we can demand the same here?

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    Beltway establishment Republicans are almost Dimocrats
    October 04, 2013 | 10:13 PM

    This guy has beltway establishment written all over him, and that is absolutely the last thing we need in a Congressman. Look what we have in the Senate with that fool Richard Burr? On Gun Control, Amnesty for illegals, and now funding Obamacare, Burr voted for it before he voted against it. We do not need a weasel like that in Congress. Walter is not always perfect but you can depend on him on tax and spend votes and on illegal alien votes. Griffin sounds like he would be Boehner's lap dog and a K Street poodle, and you could count on him for nothing.

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    For Liberty!
    October 05, 2013 | 03:49 AM

    Karl Rove's puppets aren't going to win here.

    Believe me, we'll round up the troops.

    Jeremy D. Adams
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    A few things Mr. Willis left out
    April 07, 2014 | 09:34 PM

    I have seen Mr. Griffin's End-of-year FEC report and the majority of his money comes from the DC area. Why did he have to count on his cronies for money in order to run his campaign if eastern NC is so ready for him to run? Now I am hearing that he has received $350,000 total from a couple of big neo-con PACS. Before Eastern NC throws out a fine congressman like Rep. Jones, they had better be sure that they want what Mr. Griffin is selling.

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