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Walter Jones Wins, Defeats Wall Street’s Candidate

May 7, 2014 (EIRNS)—Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who has courageously opposed the Bush-Obama war drive, and who has fought for Glass-Steagall and the release of the 28 pages on the Saudi role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, won re-election by a 52% to 44% margin on Tuesday, staving off an attack from a Wall Street-backed challenger, Taylor Griffin.

The Hill comments:

"The race was Jones’s hardest fought since he first won the seat, and his win comes in spite of heavy spending from two national GOP groups. The fiscally conservative Ending Spending super-PAC and the neoconservative Emergency Committee for Israel dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the district. Griffin benefited from a number of endorsements (and behind-the-scenes help) from former Bush administration officials including former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, as well as a late endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), whom he worked for while on the McCain-Palin presidential campaign. Jones has long been a thorn in the side of GOP leadership."

Some flavor of how the race looked from within the state, is captured by Reader Comments posted in the Beaufort Observer:

  • "All that establishment money from Wall Street and the D.C. beltway would not be coming your way if you were not a part of their world.... $1.4 million in out-of-state money to buy this seat? Wow! You must have something they want to buy! We in eastern North Carolina intend to tell those fat cat special interests that our district is not for sale."—Raphael

  • "His [Griffin’s] campaign was incredibly well funded with out of state money. That and the fact that his ads were a constant barrage of misleading attacks with no real effort to show differences other than claims that Griffin is a conservative and Jones is an Obama liberal. We all know Walter Jones is not an Obama liberal. I guess Griffin’s campaign is highly geared to the low information voter and I find that insulting."—Lynryd

  • "Do North Carolinians wish to stand by and watch paralyzed while out of state billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg, Joe Ricketts, and Sheldon Adelson along with other out of state special interest practitioners like Norm Coleman, Barry Jackson, Karl Rove, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce buy their handymen at the expense of our own representation? The state party is a huge part of the problem; they are bought. The county and precinct levels of the party must stand up to this if the Republican Party is to be an organization for the good of free North Carolinians."—J.P. Jones