Representative Joe Barton (R-BP) certainly has been very liberal in spreading his cash around. And what do we find among the list of names and contributions from his little PAC? Why, a contribution to Tim Griffin of course, to the tune of $1,000 dollars.
Now, if you need a refresher, Joe Barton is this guy, the high ranking Republican who felt the need, after BP’s negligence destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, the ecosystems of that area of ocean and the wetlands around it, and the fishing and tourism industries of a handfull of states, to apologize to BP’s CEO because President Obama was mean and demanded accountability and that they pay for the damages they caused. You know, this goof nut:
Barton’s quickness to bend down and kiss Hayward’s ring showed America everything we need to know about the Republicans. Republicans saw the writing on the wall and immediately forced Barton to issue a non-apology. The situation has gotten so bad for them that some Republicans are even calling for him to step down from his high ranking committee position. Trouble is, they agree with him:
And yeah, one of the guys in that ad is Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House and one of Griffin’s biggest endorsers.
These are the people Tim Griffin works for. He’s a carpetbagger from outside the district that national Republicans have invested heavily in, and if he’s elected he’ll be their little puppy dog, working for them and not the second district. And yeah, this is fair game, because all Griffin has done since jumping into this race is whine about Nancy Pelosi, and here he is with his campaign bought and paid for by the Republicans that are standing up for BP and against the interests of the American people. If the people of AR-02 want a representative that will work for them and not the people that paid for his campaign with oil money then they have a clear choice. Senator Joyce Elliott is, like Shirley Chisholm before her, is unbought and unbossed. She has stood up for the people of the second district, all the people of the second district, in the state legislature throughout her career, and she’s never been afraid to do what was right, even when it was not popular. That’s the kind of representation the second district should have and the kind of representation that Tim Griffin can’t provide.
Griffin should give back Barton’s oil stained money, and you should contribute right now to Joyce Elliott. Tim Griffin has the money of the Washington Republicans and, by extension, companies like BP. Joyce Elliott has us, the grassroots. So help her out and make a contribution.