Arkansas: Former Bush Aide Will Try to Oust Snyder

Posted September 21, 2009 at 5:07pm

Little Rock Attorney Tim Griffin said Monday that he will seek the GOP nomination to take on Rep. Vic Snyder (D) in 2010.

Griffin, a former special assistant in the Bush White House, was viewed earlier this cycle as a potential recruit to challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) in 2010, but he passed on that race.

Griffin is well-connected and has access to a national fundraising network. His name identification in the state stems from his stint as U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Arkansas. He was tapped for that post after Bud Cummins resigned from the job. Cummins later said he was forced out of the post, a claim that helped prompt Congress to investigate a slew of U.S. attorney dismissals at the Justice Department.

Army veteran David Meeks (R) is also in the race this cycle.

Despite the conservative nature of the 2nd district, Republicans did not challenge Snyder in 2008, and the Congressman has won re-election with ease over the past decade. Snyder was overwhelmingly re-elected against a third-party candidate last year, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won the district by 10 points in the presidential race.