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North Carolina Candidate Profile: Jefferson Griffin (NC Court of Appeals)

Jefferson Griffin is currently a Wake County District Court Judge seeking election to the NC Court of Appeals for the seat being vacated by Ann Marie Calabria. While he insists he is not campaigning as a Republican judge, his record speaks differently. He was a Pat McCrory pick for a District Court judgeship in 2015 which he held onto in 2016 after running unopposed. He holds endorsements from  prominent Republican leaders including NC House Speaker Tim Moore and far-right pro-gun organizations such as Grass Roots NC. Furthermore, his campaign has leaned into partisanship this cycle, running an inflammatory TV ad about “Washington liberals.”

Griffin is a JAG officer, or military lawyer, in the NC National Guard and a former ADA in Wake County where he worked from 2010-2015. He was defeated in the race for Wake County DA in 2014, although he was confident he would win. During the campaign he used “social media friendly” photos of him at farmers’ markets posing with dogs and being a “real” North Carolinian, according to INDYWeek.

In 2004 Griffin wrote a letter to the editor of the News & Observer arguing that “real” diversity was diversity of thought and lamented his experience as a conservative at UNC where he faced “attacks” from close-minded professors. He wrote that conversely, “talk in the class that promoted homosexuality or its acceptance” would be a “diverse” opinion while claiming the opposite view would not be.

Griffin loaned his current campaign $55,000, forgave $23,500 in loans to his campaign for DA, and contributed $10,581.30 to himself.

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Source: Raleigh Criminal Lawyer

Griffin insists he is not campaigning as a “Republican judge,” but his record speaks differently: he was a Pat McCrory pick for a judgeship in 2015, has been endorsed by prominent Republican leaders, and in his most recent race ran an inflammatory ad about “Washington liberals.”

  • Griffin was appointed by Pat McCrory in 2015 as a District Court Judge and later won after running unopposed in 2016.
  • Griffin is the NC GOP endorsed candidate in the race for court of appeals and prominent Republican leaders including Tim Moore and Donnie Harrison have endorsed him.
  • Griffin’s campaign Committee ran an ad about “Washington liberals making a mockery of our judicial process” and touted his conservative leadership.
  • Griffin has given over $20,000 to Republican candidates.

Griffin is a JAG officer, or military lawyer, in the NC National Guard and a former ADA in Wake County from 2010-2015; he lost a race for Wake DA in 2014 though he was confident he would win.

  • Griffin earned only 22.75 percent of the vote in his 2014 campaign.
  • He previously stated, “I’m going to win this election” and used “social media friendly” photos of himself at farmers’ markets posing with dogs and being a “real” North Carolinian.

In 2004 Griffin wrote a letter to the editor of the News & Observer arguing that “real” diversity was diversity of thought based on his experience as a “conservative” student at UNC.

  • Griffin wrote that “talk in the class that promoted homosexuality or its acceptance” would be a “diverse” opinion, while claiming that the opposite view would not be.

Griffin loaned his current campaign $55,000, forgave $23,500 in loans to his campaign for DA, and contributed $10,581.30 to himself.

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