Wells Griffith

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Wells Griffith
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Alabama, District 1
PartyRepublican
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Wells Griffith is a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama.[1] The seat will be open following the resignation of Rep. Jo Bonner, effective August 15, as the result of a decision to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Alabama's 1st congressional district special election, 2013

Griffith is running for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama.[1] The election is being held to replace Jo Bonner, who announced his resignation on May 23, 2013, in order to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[2]

Endorsements

Griffith picked up a high-profile endorsement from Rep. Paul Ryan on August 7, 2013.[3] "I've known Wells Griffith for a long time and consider him a true friend," said Ryan. "Wells is committed to moving our country and our party forward. His dedication to advancing conservative principles is admirable and he will be a strong conservative voice for South Alabama."[3]

That set off one of Griffith’s challengers, columnist Quin Hillyer, who attacked Ryan for his views on immigration and labor relations.[4]

"Alabama's economy is dependent on being a right to work state, but Ryan keeps adding to a long record of limiting employee freedom and driving up costs via support for the horrible Davis-Bacon law and other suck-ups to union bosses," Hillyer said.

Hillyer also accused Ryan of abandoning conservatives in Congress. He sharply criticized Ryan for his efforts to strike a deal to pass immigration reform in the House.[5]

"I have been a longtime admirer of Paul Ryan, but he has increasingly proved to be a disappointment and out of touch with Alabama values," Hillyer said. "Ryan is the driving force in the House for amnesty, against the principles laid out by our own Senator Jeff Sessions. If one of my opponents wants a leftward-moving Paul Ryan, he can have him."[5]

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