In a move calculated to make Max Brantley’s head explode, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette profiles former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, rumored to be considering a Republican challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in 2010.
Interviewer Kane Webb wastes no time is asking the pertinent questions:
So are you considering a race for the U.S. Senate?
I am. I’m giving it a lot of thought and thinking about what that would mean in terms of my family and time commitment and whether it’s something that I’m ready to do. It’s obviously a big commitment. I am speaking to a number of local Republican clubs and generally getting a sense of what Arkansans’ generally, outside the party, think, and so far the reception has been very positive. I’m trying to juggle work with getting around the state.
Is there a personal deadline for you as to when you would make a decision?
An effective and organized campaign should be planned and structured by the summer. June 1st is a critical date.
Griffin’s also making the rounds of state GOP gatherings. This coming Friday (Feb. 27), he’ll speak to the monthly lunch meeting of the Central Arkansas Republican Club at noon at the Little Rock Club downtown. For reservations, call Bonnie Davis at 835-6004 or Jim Davis at 352-2515.
Griffin also does a bit of occasional blogging at The Griffin Room, and he can be followed on Twitter.
In related news, I have a copy of a mailer, provided by an Arkansas Project reader, that’s floating around on behalf of Sen. Lincoln, praising her vote to expand the SCHIP health insurance bill last month. I’ll scan it in and post it a little later. Last week we noted that Lincoln’s campaign website was already up and running. (UPDATE: Here’s the scan of the SCHIP mailer.)
The 2010 Senate campaign is pretty much already in full swing in Arkansas.