Griffin Strength Leads to Rating Change of Second District Race

LITTLE ROCK – Second District Congressional candidate, U.S. Army Reservist and former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after CQ Politics announced it has changed its rating of Rep. Vic Snyder’s seat in Congress to “Leans Democratic” from “Likely Democratic” – meaning the publication considers the 2010 race “competitive and an upset is a live possibility.”

“While I am encouraged by CQ’s decision, I am focused on our grassroots commonsense conservative campaign to represent Arkansas values in Washington.  In 2010, Arkansans can elect someone who will work for them, not against them as Rep. Snyder has done on health care, the national debt and the cap and trade energy tax,” Griffin said.

CQ Changes Snyder Seat to ‘Leans Democratic’
“GOP strategists see hopes for a comeback in the 2010 midterm elections, though, and they are focusing strongly on Democratic incumbents in McCain districts such as … Vic Snyder in Arkansas’ 2nd … stepped-up GOP efforts to challenge them have prompted CQ Politics to change its ratings on the races — to Leans Democratic (from Likely Democratic) in Snyder’s race… .”
(John McArdle, “Tougher Races Prompt New Arkansas Ratings,” CQ Politics, 12/31/09)

Calls Griffin the ‘Front-Runner’ and a ‘More Serious Opponent’
“The front-runner for the Republican nomination to challenge Snyder in the 2nd District is former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin … [Snyder] has drawn a more serious opponent than usual.”
(John McArdle, “Tougher Races Prompt New Arkansas Ratings,” CQ Politics, 12/31/09)