Second Congressional District Republican candidate Tim Griffin hits the airwaves Wednesday with his first television ad, a 30-second spot called “Grandfather.”
Griffin says the ad will run on broadcast and cable channels.
Some political watchers had recently wondered when Griffin, who has raised more than half a million dollars, would start spending some of his cash. He has already aired two radio spots, the latest one focused on veterans.
Scott Wallace, a Little Rock restaurant owner, is challenging Griffin in the May 18 Republican primary. Early voting begins May 3. Wallace so far has not had any television ads.
The ad blends biography and politics. In the biography part, Griffin, holding a vintage photograph, tells the story of his grandfather, whom he never met, leaving Arkansas for France during World War I believing “America was the greatest country on earth.”
“My grandfather was right about that,” Griffin says in the ad.
It points out that Griffin, too, has served in the Army Reserve for 13 years as a JAG lawyer. He also mentions his frequent stump speech line about "stopping Nancy Pelosi."
You can view the spot below.
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