Georgia Right to Life, the state’s most active anti-abortion group, announced this afternoon that Mike Griffin, the group’s lobbyist at the state Capitol for the last four years, has been named GRTL’s field director.
From the press release:
In his new role, Griffin is available to educate legislators and prolife advocates around the state about GRTL’s effort “Personhood–the Paramount Right to Life”.
The program’s ultimate goal is to adopt an amendment to the state’s constitution which would affirm that a “paramount right to life” is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginning until natural death.
“Mike is a dedicated, inspirational advocate for protecting the sanctity of human life,” said Daniel Becker, GRTL president. “He will bring added passion to encouraging our grassroots supporters to join our efforts.”
Griffin has turned many Republican lawmakers off with his bare-knuckled, sometimes confrontational approach to pushing GRTL-endorsed legislation.
House Republican leaders in particular have crossed swords with Griffin and the group he respresents. Which is why, in the House, GRTL’s proposed “personhood” amendment – which would give fertilized eggs legal protection as fully endowed human beings – is being carried by Democrat Rick Crawford of Cedartown.
But the re-assignment of Griffin sounds more like a shift toward improved grassroots tactics than an attempt to improve relations with GOP lawmakers. And if members of the General Assembly don’t like to see a button-holing Griffin outside their chambers – they certainly aren’t going to want to see him in their districts.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider