Skip to comments.Walter Jones, that was then, this is now
Posted on 02/19/2012 10:53:46 AM PST by MitchellC
Walter Jones campaign is having to dig deep to try and showcase their candidates former conservative credentials. Recent Facebook posts labeled From the Archives show two photos of a young Walter Jones with conservative stalwart Senator Jesse Helms nearly 20 years ago. That was then. This is now. Lets get a little more current, shall we?
Cut and Run
Cut and Run Jones with progressive left-winger Dennis Kucinich.
Jones voted for Kucinichs articles of impeachment against Bush in 2008.
Jones also voted numerous times with Kucinich and Pelosi to pull out of Iraq long before the job was done.
Support for Dodd-Frank
Jones voted for the the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill
Support for Obama Proposal
Jones supports Obamas plan to spend even more money on infrastructure projects
Censure of Joe Wilson
Jones voted to censure Joe Wilson for shouting You lie! during Obamas State of the Union speech
Sarah Palin was known during the 2008 Presidential campaign for her strong support for drilling, often telling the crowds to Drill, Baby, Drill!
Jones voted against drilling off the Atlantic coast and voted NO on a bill to lift Obama moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf.
No to Economic Prosperity
Jones voted against Paul Ryans budget, The Path to Prosperity
Lets retire Walter Jones and elect someone who will be a real conservative leader, Frank Palombo
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Walter Jones, a former Democrat, has been steadily drifting to the left since he switched to the Republican party;
I would not mind if Walter Jones were to lose the primary. I just wonder if Frank Palombo is the one to do it? He strikes me as a second-tier candidate at best. Does he have any name I.D.?
This race is my introduction to Frank Palombo, as I’m not from that part of the state. His resume leads me to believe he should have some decent name ID in his region of the district, which by the way is where most of the GOP voters are. Past searches also lead me to believe he is decently well-known and liked, and not a nut or anything like that, if there was any concern over that. Not the perfect candidate I guess, but the establishment is firmly behind Jones despite his flaws, and so none of the the state-level elected Republicans seem interested in making the challenge.
I’m lead to believe that there is plenty of discontent with Jones in the district, as there has been for years, and the tea party types all seem to be against him. Time is short but I think there is real potential there for Palombo to beat Jones.
Jones’ father was a Democrat congressman way back when. Isn’t Jones now a lot like Ron Paul?
I agree! I voted for his opponent in 2010 whom I know personally and who would have made a great congressman. Walter lost me long ago when he began to speak out against the war when he has Camp Lejeune USMCB and other military installations in his district. If you do not support their mission, you are not really supporting the military. He was telling them that the cause for which they were fighting and dying was not acceptable to him.
North Carolina Freeper ping! Sure the NC Freepers will help make sure Walter Jones goes home to stay from Congress!
Jones has cast an array of bad votes, some of them he justifies (like his ‘no’ on the Ryan plan) because it supposedly doesn’t go far enough, so you might think he’s all the way into the Ron Paul camp, but then he’ll turn around and vote for things that Paul would never vote for. Take for example the Pay for Performance Act of 2009, written by Rep. Alan Grayson and every bit as awful as you might expect, it gave the Treasury Sec. authoritarian controls over the wages of all employees working for companies that have received capital investment from the federal government - controls that were retroactive to boot.
Jones also has gone beyond Paul on the anti-war stuff. Paul has called for full retreat; Jones calls for full retreat, impeachment, openly advances the idea that Bush “lied” to start the Iraq war (I’ve never heard Paul go that far), actively assisted with a left-wing propaganda play that advanced that meme, and blindly joined with the Democrats in their disingenuous condemnation of Rush Limbaugh during the ‘phony soldiers’ brouhaha.
So there’s a good argument to be made that Jones is overall worse than Paul. He is strangely closer to Dennis Kucinich.
Although he's not from a RAT family, my gut tells me Connie Mack IV will end up the same way if he gets in the U.S. Senate. His voting record is fairly decent NOW, but his flirtation with the liberal Democrat mindset has already begun. I dread to think what will happen if he gets 6 years in office, knowing most voters won't pay attention until 2018.
Anyway, back on topic... Palombo's credentials look pretty good to me, considering he's just running for a House seat. Decorated Vietnam vet (two tours in the US Air Force), 34 years in law enforcement, retired as Chief of Police of New Bern, FL, Master's degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. We could do alot worse. Certainly we had many tea party freshman in 2010 with lesser credentials... heck, the guy who unseated professional RAT machine politician Phil Hare here in Illinois owned a local pizzaria. The question is whether Palombo will get the funds he needs to mount a strong campaign.
Yes money, in the 2008 some little known county commissioner held Jones to a 59-41 win despite money little money. Clearly he could have won if that wasn’t the case.
But the wars having died down dulls one of the main issues against Jones.
“Although he’s not from a RAT family, my gut tells me Connie Mack IV will end up the same way if he gets in the U.S. Senate. His voting record is fairly decent NOW, but his flirtation with the liberal Democrat mindset has already begun. I dread to think what will happen if he gets 6 years in office, knowing most voters won’t pay attention until 2018.”
Look at what happened to Arlen Specter and Robert Bennett in 2010. If we can do the same to Richard Lugar and Orrin Hatch, Mack will no doubt remember it or be reminded of it by his staff.
I think this could actually work in our favor. In 2008, it was tough to go after Jones on this issue because Iraq was still screwed up and Jones made the case that he initially supported the war but changed his mind because the facts showed Bush's strategy wasn't working and blah blah blah. In 2012, the surge worked, Iraq is now a sovereign state, and Bush's withdrawal plan was implemented by Obama, so Jones can no longer make the case that he did the right thing by opposing all that. Now, a primary opponent can rightfully point out that Jones continues to vote with the left because he's a backstabbing liberal douchebag, not because he's a conservative who "studied" the issues and "realized" the GOP was doing the wrong thing.
March 6 2009
The House on Thursday night turned back another call to investigate the PMA Group, a once-powerful lobbying firm whose offices were recently raided by the FBI and which has close ties to Pennsylvania Rep. John P. Murtha (D). Walter B. voted with the Rats to table this investigation.