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Arkansas' 'Shining Star' Takes the Stage

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call

Appointed interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in December 2006, he resigned in June 2007 amid the larger controversy over firing of U.S. attorneys.

After a few years in the private sector, he ran for and easily won a seat in Congress. He has no serious opposition as he runs for his second term.

Griffin comes on the stage to whoops and applause from the Arkansas delegation. His short speech goes well, and he delivers the red-meat line he earlier shared with Blackburn with aplomb.

"Like a man who is lost, but won't ask for directions, President Obama has no earthly idea how to solve this country's problems, yet he beams with confidence in his uncertainty," Griffin says in his early afternoon speaking slot.

After the speech, Griffin wipes the TV makeup off his face then works his way to the Arkansas delegation. On his way there, he is greeted by a number of delegates from other states who congratulate him and slap him on the back.

When he gets back to his fellow delegates, they give him another round of applause.

It won't be the last one he gets. Arkansans of both parties see him poised for either a Senate bid or a gubernatorial run in 2014.

"He's looking at a bigger race in the near future," plugged-in Arkansas Democratic consultant Robert McLarty said. "He's very personable and he's working both sides, both Democrats and Republicans."

Insiders believe he would be more inclined for the gubernatorial spot, which would allow him to spend more time with his family. Griffin, for now, is mum.

But that doesn't mean his fellow Republican delegates aren't cheering him on to other endeavors.

"I think there are great things in Tim's future," said Susan Gessler, a cotillion teacher and Arkansas delegate here. "He's the shining star in the state of Arkansas, he really is."

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