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  Griffin, James C.
AffiliationAmerican Independent  
NameJames C. Griffin
San Diego, California , United States
Born 00, 1938 (81 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Apr 07, 2010 07:09am
InfoJames C. (Jim) Griffin, a founding member, in 1967, of California's American Independent Party, and one of its most colorful and beloved leaders, today announced his endorsement of Chelene Nightingale for Governor of California, in 2010. Ms. Nightingale, a well known California political activist for constitutionalist causes, announced her candidacy for the American Independent Party nomination for Governor on July 4, 2009, at the "Secure America" rally at the border in Boulevard, CA.

Griffin, a trucker, was the AIP nominee for US Senate in 1980 and for Governor in 1982. In 1980 he received the biggest applause of the night, during his debate with incumbent Senator Alan Cranston, when he noted that "if you give a politician a hammer, he thinks every taxpayer is a nail." Griffin was also honored with the AIP Presidential nomination in 1988, and served as State Chairman for the AIP in the 1990's after it had became affiliated with the Constitution Party.

Honored in the early 1980's, by official proclamation from the California State Assembly, for his excellent safety record, and lauded in the Congressional Record, for being the "best truck driver in America," Griffin, now age 71, is still driving trucks and still interested in California politics.



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  11/08/1988 US President National Vote Lost 0.03% (-53.34%)
  07/01/1988 US President - AIP Convention Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/07/1988 CA US President - AIP Primary Won 64.44% (+28.90%)
  11/04/1986 CA Lt. Governor Lost 1.42% (-52.51%)
  11/02/1982 CA Governor Lost 0.71% (-48.56%)
  11/04/1980 CA US Senate Lost 1.56% (-54.95%)
  11/05/1974 CA District 33 Lost 3.48% (-49.93%)
  11/05/1968 CA District 38 Lost 1.26% (-61.40%)
CA US President - Nov 06, 2012 CST Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
CA Governor - AIP Primary - Jun 08, 2010 AIP Chelene Nightingale