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11-13-2015, 09:24 AM
Jones-Griffin Race Another Front in GOP Civil War

by John Wynne
November 2, 2015

North Carolina’s own Representative Walter Jones was a thorn in the side of the GOP leadership under John Boehner. And while Boehner might have been replaced by Paul Ryan, Jones is not letting up. Jones refused to join other anti-establishment figures like Mark Meadows, who eventually came around to Speaker Ryan. Instead, Jones voted for Daniel Webster.

In today’s political environment, will Jones pay a price for his rightward stances? In a word, no. While Paul Ryan isn’t a reviled figure with the conservative base (yet), there are quite a few Republicans who will vote for the most anti-establishment candidate, just to be on the safe side.

That’s good news for Rep. Jones, who is facing a stiff primary challenge from Taylor Griffin, whom he narrowly defeated in the 2014 primary. Griffin is going after Jones on issues of ideology, referring to him as a “Pelosi Republican” and someone too liberal for Eastern North Carolina. Griffin, intent on not being depicted as a Washington insider, sent out a tweet giving Ryan guarded praise.


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