Palin Promoting Griffin, ex-Aide, in North Carolina

Marietta Hedges, left, helps restrain volunteer torture victim Maboub Ebrahimzdeh as human rights activists demonstrate water boarding in front of the Justice Department, on Nov. 5, 2007 in Washington, DC.

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Marietta Hedges, left, helps restrain volunteer torture victim Maboub Ebrahimzdeh as human rights activists demonstrate water boarding in front of the Justice Department, on Nov. 5, 2007 in Washington, DC.

Sarah Palin is intervening in a North Carolina Republican primary on behalf of Taylor Griffin, a House candidate who worked on her campaign for the vice presidency.

“In Washington, we need you to stay true to your beliefs of smaller government, protecting life and furthering conservative principles,” Palin said in a note yesterday to Griffin, according to a release from Griffin’s campaign early this morning. Palin and her husband Todd authorized her political action committee, Sarah PAC, to send Griffin’s campaign a donation, according to the release.

Griffin, a former Treasury Department aide in George W. Bush’s administration, was a spokesman for Palin and the 2008 Republican White House ticket led by Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Palin has been appearing at rally-like conferences, including the National Rifle Association’s annual gathering last weekend in Indianapolis. “Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists,” she said there.

Griffin is trying to unseat Rep. Walter Jones on May 6 in North Carolina’s 3rd District, a Republican-leaning coastal area running from the Virginia border south to Wilmington.

Ending Spending Action Fund, the Republican Jewish Coalition and Emergency Committee for Israel are backing Griffin, who has criticized Jones’s occasional votes against Republican leaders and with Democrats. Griffin has said that he’s the “clear conservative choice” for Congress.

The PACs of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. were early backers of Griffin’s campaign, as Bloomberg News reported in February after visiting the district. Billionaire Paul Singer and executives with his New York-based investment firm Elliott Management Corp. also have given money to Griffin, a co-founder of a Washington-based consulting group that includes some banks and trade groups among its clients.

Jones’s supporters have touted the 20-year incumbent’s longstanding ties to eastern North Carolina, his constituent-services operation and his votes against abortion, gun control and increases in the debt limit. His campaign has portrayed Griffin as a D.C. insider who moved to the district last year to run for office.

Palin’s PAC donated to 11 Republican candidates and committees in this year’s first quarter, with a focus on aiding Republican women and candidates aligned with the limited-government Tea Party movement.

 

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