Another morning another e-mail announcement of a public appearance, two actually, by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.
He’s running for governor, it seems clear. Hard at it just a few months after the inauguration of Gov. Asa Hutchinson to a second four-year term.
Today, Griffin will speak at the “jubilee breakfast” of the Saline County Boys and Girls Club. Noontime, he’ll be with the North Little Rock Lions Club.
His Twitter account chronicles it all. In the last week or so, stops included Fort Smith, Pine Bluff, Jacksonville, Monticello and Gurdon.
I’d reported earlier about a lawsuit filed by a friend of Griffin aimed at striking down the law preventing fund-raising by political candidates more than two years before an election. Griffin is a fund-raising dynamo. The sooner he can get started the better.
Busy as Griffin is running, you have to wonder how he finds time to devote to the consulting work he does as owner of Black Hawk Strategies. The state’s limited financial disclosure form doesn’t give a clue. He once said his clients included a British advisory group. He gets $40,000 or so as lieutenant governor and Army reserve pay as well.
Other potential candidates have publicity avenues, too. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is a news release machine. Plus, she’s a favorite of Donald Trump., who’ll undoubtedly remember Griffin’s loyalty to the Bushes. Sen. Jim Hendren could endeavor to continue the Hutchinson clan dynasty, powered by regular exposure as leader of the Senate.
2022 here they and undoubtedly others come.