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Walter Jones gets challenger

Taylor Griffin, a former aide to president George W. Bush who founded his own D.C lobbying firm, has announced he will challenge 3rd District Rep. Walter Jones in next May's Republican primary.

Griffin, who recently moved to New Bern, said Jones was insufficiently conservative for his Eastern North Carolina district.

"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 U.S. House of Representatives should come from San Francisco, not from Eastern North Carolina.''

(According to the National Journal, there were two Republicans with more liberal voting records in 2012 than Jones. But Jones' record was moderate, not liberal, comparable to that of conservative Democrat Mike McIntyre, according to the National Journal.)

McIntyre, Rouzer, Jones, Price, Holding, and Coble and fund raising

Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre has raised $354,448 during the first six months of the year, while his likely GOP opponent, David Rouzer has raised $145,182, according to campaign finance reports.

McIntyre, the 7th district congressman who survived a very close election last time had $383,067 on hand in his campaign kitty as of June 30th, while Rouzer, a former state senator, had $168,269 on hand.

Most of McIntyre's money($274,028) was raised from political action committees.

The Rouzer campaign noted that it out raised McIntyre in individual donations $112,819 to $78,520 during the second quarter.

Jones calls for hearing into Chinese takeover of Smithfield foods

Rep. Walter Jones is asking for the House Agriculture Committee to hold a hearing on the proposed acquisition of Smithfield Foods, Inc, the world's largest pork producer and processor, by China's Shuanghui International Holdings Limited.

In a letter to Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, Jones said there were national security issues raised by the merger because the threat it posed to the food supply chain.

"This attempt by a Chinese company -- which has a history of egregious food safety violations -- to take over the world's largest pork producer is not a situation that Congress can ignore," Jones said.

He note the Senate Agriculture Committee has already scheduled a hearing.

Jones joins with Beck, Cruz and Bachman to oppose immigration bill

Rep. Walter Jones this week joined with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Michelle Bachman, Rep. Steve King and others at a DC news conference to oppose the Senate's “Gang of Eight” bill that would provide a path of citizenship for illegal immigrants.

“It is imperative that w secure our borders and not reward those who have broken our laws,” Jones said. “I will oppose any policy that allows individuals who have cheated the system and entered the country illegally to gain citizenship ahead of those who have put in the time and effort to follow the appropriate process.''

“Not only would such a practice be unjust,” Jones said, “the long term cost of granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants will impose an enormous burden on future generations of Americans.''

Jones moves to block spy TV

Rep. Walter Jones has introduced bill to prevent new technology for digital recorders(DVRs) from infringing on the privacy of individuals.

Called the “We Are Watching You Act,'' the legislation is in response to several companies who have filed patent applications for devices that would collect personal information about consumers while they are watching TV in order to target advertising.

The new technology would watch and listen to consumers with a camera and microphone, determine age and gender, note thermal image, and include facial recognition capabilities.

“Allowing this type of technology to be installed in the homes of American citizens without their consent would be an egregious invasion of privacy,'' Jones, a Farmville Republican said in a statement. “When the government has an unfortunate history of secretly collecting private citizens' information from technology providers, we must ensure that safeguards are in place to protect Americans' rights.''

The legislation, sponsored by Jones and Rep. Michael Capuano, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would require companies to give individuals a choice between opting in to the new technology or using an alternative product that would provide identical services without the recording service.

Jones' likely opponent goes after him on defense

The third district GOP House primary has not yet begun, but it is already heating up.

Republican Congressman Walter Jones has come under fire for missing some votes from a man who is considering challenging him, Scott Dacey, the chairman of the Craven County board of commissioners.

Dacey knocked Jones for missing a series of votes during the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. He also said Jones was the only member of the House Armed Services Committee not present for the final vote on the annual defense funding bill.

He also criticized Jones as the only Republican to to back an amendment offered by Democrat Tammy Duckworth to limit the availability of funds for procurement of additional Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and engines.

“The future of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the Fleet Readiness Center-East is directly tied to the procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, '' Dacey said in a statement.

While the amendment failed, Dacey called Jones' vote “a direct punch to the gut of the working men and women” who helped build the community.

21-year old millionaire with super PAC to come to Jones' aid

It looks as though Rep. Walter Jones will be getting some financial help if he faces a serious GOP primary challenge.

John Ramsey, a 21-year old millionaire with libertarian leanings and his own super PAC has pledged help Jones win re-election. And he has signed up Raleigh businessman and conservative fund raiser Bob Luddy to help him.

Ramsey announced Thursday that his Super PAC, Liberty For All Action Fund would back Jones, the Farmville Republican, who has sometimes angered party regulars with his anti-war stance and other maverick positions.

“Congressman Jones is one of the few members of congress with a moral compass, and we'll do whatever's necessary to defend him,” said John Ramsey in a statement. He also announced that Luddy was joining the fund as a member of the national finance committee.

Walter Jones gets serious primary opponent

Scott Dacey, the chairman of the Craven County commissioners, is considering challenging Rep. Walter Jones next year in the 3rd district GOP primary.

“I am seriously considering running for Congress because I believe that the 3rd congressional district needs effective leadership,” Dacey said in a statement. “I've talked with many folks across the district and in most cases they think our current congressman is not effective.''

Dacey, who lives in Trent Woods, has been commissioners chairman since 2010. He is currently partner with PACE, a Washington DC-based government relations firm. He is also involved in real estate development in Eastern North Carolina, co-owning land formerly known as Renny's Creek mine in New Bern.

He has worked with numerous conservative candidates. During the administration of President George H.W. Bush he worked as congressional liaison for the Small Business Administration.

He said that Jones, an 18-year House veteran, has never served in a leadership position, and was booted off the House Financial Services Committee, and had not done enough to help the economy of Eastern North Carolina.

Jones: Lack of jobs in east is the federal government's fault

Rep. Walter Jones has announced plans to launch what he calls an “economic growth initiative” across the third congressional district in the coming months.

Jones said he will be holding a series of events asking constituents to share their concerns about government policies.

“Eastern North Carolinians constantly point out mind-boggling obstacles to economic growth – obstacles that are placed there by the government that is supposed to be serving them,'' Jones said in a statement.

“They are being hindered by excessive red tape, an education system that does not produce graduates who are qualified to compete for job openings, and a government that continues to misspend and misdirect their tax money toward unproductive purposes,'' he said.

Jones joins Ron Paul Institute panel

Congressman Walter Jones has joined the advisory board for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, named after the former presidential candidate and former Texas congressman.

The institute will focus on foreign policy issues including creating a “peace and prosperity index” to record the votes of members of Congress. Besides Jones, the advisory board includes former Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and Rep John Duncan of Tennessee.

At an event Wednesday, Jones gave an intense speech in which he said he regretted his vote authorizing the war in Iraq and said former President George W. Bush should have been impeached for engaging in battle without a declaration of war, according to the National Review Online.

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