Jones gets primary challenge from former Bush, Helms aide

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Submitted: Thu, 10/03/2013 - 12:33pm
Updated: Thu, 10/03/2013 - 4:26pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If Rep. Walter Jones plans to run for another term in Washington, he will face another Republican primary challenge next year.

Businessman Taylor Griffin of New Bern says he will challenge the 10-term incumbent Jones in next year’s race for the 3rd Congressional District. The district’s lines were redrawn before last year’s election to include much of Pender County and part of New Hanover County, including downtown Wilmington.

Griffin, who says he is a conservative facing who he calls the most liberal Republican in the House of Representatives, served on Sen. Jesse Helms’s staff, worked in the George W. Bush White House and at the US Treasury Department.

“I am running for Congress to return our bedrock conservative Eastern North Carolina values to Washington,” Griffin said in a statement. “The most liberal Republican in the US House of Representatives should come from San Francisco, not from Eastern North Carolina.”

Jones first won election in the 3rd District in 1994. Two years earlier, as a Democrat, he lost his bid for the 1st District seat his father held from 1966 until his death in Sept. 1992. Jones, who also served five terms in the NC House, then switched parties.

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5 Comments on "Jones gets primary challenge from former Bush, Helms aide"

2015 years 8 months ago

The lies have already begun. Walter Jones is not liberal. I guess Griffin doesn’t like Republicans who aren’t warmongers. Who knows?

2015 years 8 months ago

Walter Jones was in the front Row cheering on President Bush to Attack Iraq and Walter remained Very Hawkish pro-War unto the public mood began to change around 2006 when he suddenly began to also question the wisdom of remaining in Iraq. Get your facts straight sir.
It was Walter Jones who chastised the French publically for not believing the “False” intelligence we were using to justify our invasion…. It was Walter Jones who coined “Freedom Fries” to make fun of the French.

2015 years 8 months ago

Since when do we call a highly-paid Washington, DC lobbyist a “businessman”? Seriously, how many NC jobs has this “businessman” who has lived in DC for a couple decades created?

pam lamm
2015 years 8 months ago

If I lived in your voting area, you would certainly have my vote Taylor!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

In what world is Walter Jones a liberal?