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Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress
Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Drew Pritt, an openly gay Democratic activist who ran for Lt. Governor in 2006 as the first openly gay candidate for statewide office in Arkansas, has announced he will challenge Tim Griffin for U.S. Congress in Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.
"I believe this is going to be an unorthodox year in American politics," said Pritt. "I believe Americans need someone in U.S. Congress who understands the struggles of being unemployed, owning a small business or who understand what it means to be denied basic civil rights because of who you love or choose to share your life with. I believe most of all its time to stop being politically safe and lets truly be a democracy where we stand by our pledge when it says liberty and justice for all. All means all, not just some. That means civil liberties and economic liberty for ALL Americans, not just some. I am running for U.S. Congress to shake things up and be a voice that helps to get America working again!"
Pritt said his main issues in running are economically based.
"Its Economics 101," said Pritt. "The only way to produce wealth is grow it, plant it, or make it. We have become a nation of consumers of foreign products. Therefore we have a huge foreign debt and huge national debt. We must develop all the U.S. energy resources available in a responsible manner — coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. Cutting spending is good but will not solve all the deficit problems by itself. The key to reducing the deficit is putting Americans back to work. The inflow of revenue to the U.S. Treasury and the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds from taxes paid by working Americans and profits from businesses will solve the deficit problems."
Pritt is a political consultant. He ran for Lt. Governor in 2006 and Little Rock School Board in 2007, losing both races. He says his somewhat unorthodox style and willingness to discuss difficult subjects openly have made enemies for himself.
"Its sad to see that the internet can be used to spread gossip and misinformation, but thats the age we live in," said Pritt. "The fact is, I am unbought and unbossed and that is a threat in politics. But thats what is needed in our Congress today. Arkansans know if I am elected as their next Congressman, I will speak my mind, vote my conscience, and work everyday for Arkansas first, Arkansas always."
Pritt lives in Little Rock. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. He is a member of the Pulaski County Democratic Committee, the Arkansas Democratic Party, national Stonewall Democrats, Supporter of the Arkansas Black Democratic Caucus and the Arkansas Hispanic Democratic Caucus, the National Cathedral Association, the Lions Club, and Diamond State Rodeo Association.