Griffin announces plans to challenge Jones for U.S. House seat

Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 04:54 PM.

He cited a Feb. 23, 2012, congressional ranking by the National Journal, which he said “assigned Jones a liberal score of 58.5, the highest of any House Republican.”

“Helms taught me that you don’t have to abandon principles,” Griffin said. “But there is a difference between being a conservative and putting those principles in action.”

“It is one thing to talk about fiscal responsibility and another to make the tough decisions that cut federal spending,” he said.

 In discussion on issues he said he would take on the campaign trail, Griffin said he differs from Jones on many foreign and domestic policy positions, from negotiating with Iran to food stamp funding. And, while he respects Jones’ steadfast “antiwar stance,” he thinks “it comes at the cost of effectiveness for his constituents.”

Griffin said he was born in Raleigh and raised in Eastern North Carolina to a family with roots going back more than 300 years and to the American Revolution, and has an ancestor who was a representative of North Carolina’s Constitutional Conventions.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Griffin said, he and his brother keep a boat in Wilmington, and it was in Eastern North Carolina where he learned to fish and where “my granddad gave me my first real gun and taught me to shoot.”

“But most importantly, I was raised here in Eastern North Carolina to love my faith, my family, my state and my country,” he said, and “the conservative principles and values that made this nation great.”



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