Onslow County Commissioner and Republican Joe McLaughlin has come out frequently and harsh against North Carolina 3rd Congressional District's Walter B. Jones, Jr on his war stance. Commissioner McLaughlin was quoted in an article speaking against Mr. Jones' positions.
Onslow County commissioner Joe McLaughlin said he is not surprised at the reaction, adding that many local Republicans are retired or former military and "know in their hearts that Jones' continued opposition" is "harmful to the troops."
"The action by Jones to sponsor the anti-surge resolution merely culminates his history of votes against the war on terror," he said, adding later that Jones is "kind of a Democrat in Republicans' clothing."
Commissioner McLaughlin has also written numerous letters to the editor at the Jacksonville Daily News speaking against Mr. Jones' shift in support for the occupation of Iraq.
In today's Jacksonville Daily News, McLaughlin wrote:
Jones' co-sponsorship of the recently passed anti-surge resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives reveals to the country what we Down East have known for almost two years: his complete and utter lack of support for the president's strategy in the war against radical Islamic terror, as well as his unwillingness to offer an alternative, is a disgrace to thousands of warriors deployed from his district in this struggle. He has become the Democrats' favorite Republican.
McLaughlin also writes about Jones' original defection from the Democratic Party in the 1990s and posits that Mr. Jones has become an "ultra-liberal" in the United States House of Representatives.
Jones' reversion to his Democratic roots comes as no surprise. After all, Jones did not become a Republican until after he lost the 1992 Democratic primary to fill the seat held by his father for many years. Jones' votes last year against the re-authorization of the Patriot Act and against military tribunals for terrorists, as well as their foreign surveillance, put him squarely among the ultra-liberals in Congress who fail to perceive the gravity of the struggle we are in or the measures required for victory.
All of this raises an interesting question: Is McLaughlin going to challenge Jones, Jr. in the Republican primary for NC's 3rd Congressional seat?
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