Antiwar Rep. Walter Jones Beats Neocon-Backed GOP Rival
Strongly antiwar incumbent Rep. Walter Jones (R – NC) has won a hotly contested primary tonight, defeating a challenge from hawkish challenger and former Treasury Dept. official Taylor Griffin 51% to 45%.
A Congressman since 1995, Rep. Jones was challenged almost exclusively on his foreign policy positions, including his opposition to various US wars and foreign aid to Israel.
Griffin, by contrast, was heavily bankrolled by the Emergency Committee for Israel and the Ending Spending Fund SuperPAC, who put in over $1 million combined, though his own campaign site made scant mention of foreign policy, beyond presenting a big military as good for the district’s economy.
The funding paid for ads attacking Jones as “liberal” for voting against Iran sanctions and having “forgotten” the people of North Carolina in his foreign policy votes.