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.)