Williamson County GOP Recruits $51 Million Lottery Winner To Run Against Gary Griffin

Posted in 2008 Primary, Williamson County at 11:22 pm by wcnews

Some Williamson County Republicans have had it out for Precinct 1 Constable Gary Griffin for quite a while. They’ve recruited a primary challenger Robert Chody. He’s a former APD officer who’s wife bought the winning ticket for an $85 million lottery jackpot in 2001. They took the cash option, smart move, and received $51 million, Texas Lottery press release here [.PDF]. From his campaign web site he looks like the latest C&W pretty boy. He appears to be well qualified, maybe even overqualified, for the job. It seems a little strange that someone in Chody’s position would want to be a constable.

Obviously he can self-finance, even though a constable’s race in Williamson County is probably not too expensive. From what I’ve been lead to believe Chody has been prodded to run by the contingent in the county that has it out for current Precinct 1 Constable Gary Griffin. Chody also has campaign signs up already at 620 & Parmer Lane. It would be interesting to know Chody’s thoughts on what has transpired between the county and Griffin over the last couple of years.

From looking at his qualifications and his financial position Chody does not seem like a person that would put up with the games that go on in Williamson County politics. If he’s ultimately elected constable it will be interesting to see how he and the “Mayberry Machaivellis” get along. Anyway, should make for an interesting primary.

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