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11-13-2015, 09:12 AM
Walter Jones’ Leadership Letter Solidifies Outsider Image Ahead of Rematch

By Simone Pathé
Oct. 15, 2015

Walter B. Jones has never been afraid of making waves during his 11 terms in Congress.

And his latest appearance in the spotlight may just help the North Carolina Republican stick around for a 12th.

To conservative primary voters, Jones’ letter asking anyone who had committed “misdeeds” to withdraw from House GOP leadership elections last week may have reinforced the incumbent’s outsider image.

“He basically hit a home run,” said Chuck Fuller, a Republican who does political consulting for businesses in the state and who isn’t affiliated in the 3rd District primary. “I don’t know that you can buy that kind of help.”

Even if one could, Jones probably couldn’t. Fundraising has never been his strong suit. After raising a measly $26,000 in the second quarter of 2015, on Wednesday, Jones posted a $104,000 haul for the third quarter, which ended on Sept. 30. But that still leaves him with just $179,000 in the bank.

He won his 2014 primary by fewer than 6 points, and he already faces the same Republican challenger, former GOP operative Taylor Griffin, whose campaign last year benefitted from outside spending that knocked Jones for being too liberal in the Safe Republican district.

The Farmville, N.C., Republican knows he doesn’t have many friends in GOP leadership to help him fill his coffers. Especially not now.


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