GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina is an unconventional Republican congressman almost eager to buck the ruling party leaders on issues like the national debt and Iraq.
Jones has been in his eastern North Carolina seat for almost a quarter-century. But his opponents in next week’s GOP primary think he’s finally crossed the line by voting against measures President Donald Trump wanted, like the tax bill and the health care “repeal and replace.”
Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey is one Jones‘ two GOP challengers. He says Jones is failing the district by not helping Trump push his agenda. But Jones says his voting record is about principle and says he’ll oppose GOP leaders “when I don’t think they’re right.”Jones says this will be the last time he’ll seek re-election.
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