Army Ranger seeks to represent GA-10




It isn’t often an incumbent will have a primary opponent. However, Bradley Griffin believes he is a better person to represent the needs of the area.

“One of the things that really bothers me about Preachin’ Jody is that he sits on the House’s Armed Services Committee, but he’s worn the uniform zero days of his life,” Griffin, a resident of Jasper County, said. “I just don’t think he has the firsthand experience to be sitting on the armed services committee, especially when you compare him to somebody who was a ranger in the U.S. Army.”

Griffin refers to his primary opponents by different names as a way to distinguish them from one another and means it as nothing derogatory. Hice is referred to as “Preachin’ Jody” due to his time as a preacher and Joe Hunt as “Chicken Joe” due to the career he’s had training managers at Zaxby’s.

One thing Griffin certainly doesn’t lack is confidence. He believes by moving a little closer to the middle of where Hice stands, he can help make decisions in Congress and support the numerous communities he would represent while in Washington.

“When you set our records side by side, everything he has done outside of being a pastor for 18 years, I’ve done pretty much all of those things and about 100,000 more things,” he said. “ I realized we had a really unqualified person, and you get to a point where you start to think to yourself that if you’re the best candidate for the job, then I guess you have to run.”

Griffin was born as one of eight children in rural Michigan. He grew up doing farm work and found his way to Georgia in the military when he was stationed at Fort Benning.

Although Michigan is a different part of the nation, Griffin said it was very similar to this part of Georgia.

“Where I was born was actually geographically similar to this district,” he said. “As far as agriculture, farmland and wide open spaces, it looks a lot where I grew up.”

One item, in particular, Griffin wants to fight is the price of prescription drug costs. He even brought up the fact it is cheaper for some drugs to be bought in Canada and transported to the U.S.

“How is it possible that we can pay for the man hours to load those drugs onto a plane, train or truck, then we can pay for the gas and people driving the vehicle all the way to Canada, then we can pay the wages for the guy unloading and reloading the stuff,” he said. “It’s still cheaper.”

However, Griffin said he would also work on whatever issues were most important at the time, and work with others to make the government more efficient.

Other plans would be to improve the trade school and charter school infrastructures, help allocate federal money to local governments to help with various projects. For instance, helping Milledgeville repair its water infrastructure or helping Eatonton fight its blight. He wants to help “champion” the 10th district.

“Push the resources in those directions of the different local governing bodies,” he said. “Understanding the different needs of the cities and counties helps you understand where those resources are needed and where.”

Regarding education, he is all for private investment and private help. He also does not care whether or not a company would make a profit from a charter school.

“As long as they are pumping out really qualified students and are following the rules, I really don’t care if they make money,” he said. “Often times the most innovative people who have the best ideas, they go to the industries or career paths where they will be rewarded the most. That’s what capitalism is.”

Griffin said campaigning is a serious step to take and requires a love for your country and region. He also mentioned free time and personal life goes out the window and requires hard work to “put everybody else ahead of you.”

“Nobody is going to outwork me,” he said. “Hard work is my core calling. No one is going to put this district ahead of where I’d put this district.”


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