Rove protege to take on Rep. Snyder

Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinFlynn discloses lobbying that may have helped Turkey Tea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign MORE, who served as interim U.S. attorney for eastern Arkansas during the Bush administration, told The Associated Press he would challenge Snyder, who ran unopposed in 2008 and won a seventh term in a district centered in Little Rock.

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Republicans point to Griffin’s experience as a political operative, arguing that he will give Snyder a tough challenge. Griffin was research director and deputy communications director on President George W. Bush's reelection campaign, and later served as Rove's deputy in the White House.

They will also point out that Snyder represents a district President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina 6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election Bloomberg called Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme' as mayor MORE lost by 10 points in 2008.

“Vic Snyder has slowly alienated himself from everyday central Arkansans by rubber-stamping every single piece of the reckless Obama-Pelosi agenda over the last eight months. Now that’s coming home to roost,” said Andy Sere, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Snyder merely wished his opponent well.

"It is a great honor to serve in public office representing Arkansas.  I congratulate anyone willing to step forward and participate in our great American democracy.  I wish Mr. Griffin well," Snyder said in a statement.

But Democrats are likely to raise the specter of the scandal surrounding the dismissal of several U.S. attorneys. Griffin was appointed to replace Bud Cummins, whom Justice Department officials said was asked to resign to make way for Rove’s former assistant.

The House Judiciary Committee is still investigating the role Rove played in the firings of as many as 11 top prosecutors.

A spokesman for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee could not immediately be reached for comment.

-- This article was updated at 4:56 p.m.