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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.

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