published Friday, February 5th, 2010

Independent Griffin lays out her platform


by Matt Wilson
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June Griffin

Dayton, Tenn., political staple June Griffin, who is running for governor of Tennessee as an independent, said Thursday she's fed up with Democrats, Republicans and the electoral money machine.

"We must have a governor who not only is bound to both constitutions but will use force, if necessary, to withstand the tyrannies which are exercising themselves from Washington," Mrs. Griffin said in a statement.

"We must have a governor who will stand behind the sheriffs to keep us from said tyrannies and who dare not compromise the liberties which our veterans fought for," she said.

Mrs. Griffin, a longtime Rhea County political activist, has been interviewed on "The Daily Show," fought to retrieve a replica Bill of Rights from North Carolina and was charged in 2006 with a hate crime for reportedly taking a Mexican flag from a Rhea County store. Those charges were later dropped.

ABOUT THE CANDIDATE

* Name: June Griffin

* Age: 70

* Hometown: Dayton, Tenn.

* Party: Independent

* Occupation: Assistant at a dental lab, political volunteer

Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams said he's had a few run-ins with Mrs. Griffin in the past, including a lawsuit for $600 she filed over something he said.

Mr. Adams downplayed Mrs. Griffin's chances in the race, but said her character would "put a little interest in it."

Mrs. Griffin said her current run for governor has two main goals: "To give the people a real alternative, and to exercise the great citizenship privileges which God gave us so that I may give a full and good account in the day of judgment."

Her campaign did not have a financial report on file with the state of Tennessee.

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