Mayberry politickin': Griffith had impact on politics
Updated: 07/03/2012 11:23 AM
By: Ben McNeely, news14.com
Andy Griffith may have been America's Favorite Sheriff, but he was also North Carolina politicians' favorite spokesman and endorsement.
Considered the spiritual godfather of the state Democratic Party, Griffith lent his talents and his Southern drawl to help get Democrats elected to state office.
Griffith helped get former Gov. Mike Easley elected in 2000, in what is referred to as "The Mayberry Miracle."
Easley was quickly losing his lead over Republican Richard Vinroot when Griffith recorded a series of a last-minute ads supporting Easley. Easley went on to win the election, and Democrats credited Griffith's ads for the turn-around.
Griffith endorsed Easley in 2004 and Bev Perdue in her run for governor in 2008.
Andy Griffith endorses Bev Perdue
He also read poems at Easley's second inauguration in 2005 and recited a poem he wrote at Bev Perdue's inauguration at 2009.
Griffith joined his former child co-star Ron Howard in a video endorsing President Barack Obama, and also did an ad pushing Medicare changes catering specifically to seniors.
Andy Griffith promotes changes to Medicare
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