Tags: griffin | drops | house | arkansas

Arkansas Republican Griffin Drops U.S. House Re-election Run

Image: Arkansas Republican Griffin Drops U.S. House Re-election Run

Monday, 21 Oct 2013 05:39 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Arkansas Republican Rep. Tim Griffin said on Monday he will not seek a third term in Congress, a surprise announcement made just days after the end of a government shutdown that polls show damaged the Republican Party.

Griffin, 45, had no announced opponent and had raised more than $500,000 for his re-election bid to the U.S. House of Representatives. In a statement, Griffin cited family as the main reason for his decision.

Griffin had supported efforts to strip funding from the federal budget for President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a move that led to this month's 16-day government shutdown, and ultimately failed. Last November, Griffin was named to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the tax writing panel, which is at the heart of congressional negotiations.

Jay Barth, a political science professor at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, said Republicans such as Griffin were being criticized for their tactics in the government shutdown, which is reflected in low approval for the party in opinion polls.

"It's clear that all Republican incumbents are facing a tough environment right now and I have no doubt he saw some of those numbers," Barth said.

Griffin is the second Arkansas Republican congressman to announce he will not run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Tom Cotton is running for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor.

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb said several conservatives are likely to run for Griffin's seat.

The statement by Griffin, who is married with two children, said: "We have decided that now is the time for me to focus intently on my top priority, my family..."

Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman Vincent Insalaco said in a statement, "You can't shut down the government for 16 days and hurt the pocketbooks of Arkansas families without taking responsibility for your actions."

Republicans hold all of the state's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ex-Official: Defense Secretary's Skill Set Changing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:07 PM

The skills needed to run the Defense Department have changed in the past two years since Chuck Hagel took the reins, say . . .

Insiders: Hagel Not the Only Problem With Foreign Policy Team

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 13:31 PM

Getting rid of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel isn't going to be the solution for repairing the problems with President Ba . . .

Sen. Portman on Prez Bid: 'Let's Legislate' Before Talking 2016

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 13:04 PM

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman pushed back on any suggestion that he is running for president, even as several headlines have sug . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved