Joyce Elliott, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, led the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers when it struck over a contract dispute in 1988 when the average teacher made less than $22,000. This is very bad, Tim Griffin, her Republican opponent, says.

In 2009, Tim Griffin made almost a half-million dollars working for Washington, D.C., political lobbying and consulting firms on shadowy causes, including one of the greasiest outfits formerly afloat, Freedom Works. He did $66,000 worth of consulting work helping miners oppose an Alaska clean water ballot initiative, but none dare call that lobbying.

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So who do you think is for the working man based on this record? Hint: Don’t put your money on Tim Griffin. He extolled the 30 percent national sales tax plan before it became politically inconvenient. He also has spoken warmly of the Ryan plan to shift the tax burden from the wealthy to the middle class. Surprise.

The Elliott campaign jumps Griffin on the record. If only it mattered.

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