The Democratic Party continues to check the tax records of Republican candidates for errors and omissions. They’ve hit Asa Hutchinson a couple of times and also caught Secretary of State Mark Martin in a property tax cheat. Today it’s U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who’s questioned about personal property and business filings.
Griffin, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, might have an explanation, but he’s chosen so far — as Asa Hutchinson did last week — not to respond to me about the Democratic Party allegations of failure to make personal property tax payments on his motorcycles or to get a business license during the time he was working in Little Rock before running for Congress.
The Democratic release:
Democratic Party of Arkansas Chair Vincent Insalaco today called on Congressman Tim Griffin to explain why he failed to acquire a business license in the City of Little Rock. In addition, Insalaco pointed out Griffin’s failure to pay personal property taxes on the three motorbikes that he owns.
“One of Griffin’s businesses didn’t have a business license in the City of Little Rock for two years, which is required by law,” said Democratic Chairman Vincent Insalaco. “He didn’t even pay personal property taxes on the three motorbikes he brags about so often, which is also required by law. Why does Congressman Griffin think the law doesn’t apply to him?”
“How can Congressman Griffin be committed to attracting businesses to Arkansas when he doesn’t even know how the laws work? Or worse- doesn’t care? If Arkansas voters can’t trust Congressman Griffin to get his own business and personal taxes in order, how can they trust him to advocate for us as Lieutenant Governor? The truth is- they can’t.”
In 2008, Tim Griffin left his job with a New York-based consulting group to run Griffin Public Affairs, LLC and The Griffin Law Firm. But the city doesn’t have a record of a business license for Griffin Public Affairs in 2008 and 2009, which is required by law.
Tim Griffin also says he has 3 motorbikes, but there is no record of his paying personal property taxes on them in Pulaski County, which is required by law.