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Carter Wrenn: Did Walter Jones get the boot because he was too conservative?

Veteran GOP strategist Carter Wrenn wonders why Congressman Walter Jones was recently thrown off the House Financial Services Committee, in his blog, Talking About Politics.

"When I read in the newspaper that the House Republican Leadership had given four Congressmen the boot, kicking them off their committees, for not loyally voting with the leadership I thought, Those guys must have been voting with the Democrats – but then I read one of the four Congressmen was Walter Jones the most conservative Congressman in North Carolina.

Congressman Jones routinely gets elected every two years, goes to Washington, keeps his promises, votes his conscience, is unfailingly polite and won in the biggest landslide of any Republican Congressman in North Carolina last fall.

So how did he get crossed-up with the Republican Leadership in Washington? Well, it turns out, by voting to cut spending too much – for instance, by voting against the Leadership’s 2011 Budget Deal with Obama to raise the debt ceiling.

So, now we have Republican Leaders in Washington unhappy with Walter Jones because he voted to cut spending too much.

What’s wrong with this picture?''

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