Good morning. First, a big thank you to all of you who worked the Republican booths at the many events around the area this weekend. I visited the Pitt and Wayne County Fairs this weekend as well as the “MumFest” in New Bern. I saw some old friends and made lots of new ones as our message of a return to conservative representation continues to resonate. Also, I’d like to remind those of you in the Greenville area that I will be a guest on “Talk of the Town”, TV7 and Talk1070 on Tuesday morning. Following the interview, I hope to meet as many of you as possible at the IHOP at 3010 S. Evans Street. I plan on being there around 9 and if you are in the area, I hope you will stop by and say hi.
Some good news for eastern North Carolina this past week as we found out the exact number of new Marines and Sailors that would be stationed in our area. Just less than 11,500 servicemen and women will be added to the ranks at Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River. With them will be come an estimated 7000 family members. As an Onslow County Commissioner, I understand the infrastructure challenges associated with these new arrivals but I also recognize the important mission they are engaged in and welcome them with open arms. I’m proud to call home a place that houses so many warriors and patriots. They are currently engaged in the most important battle of our generation and if given the support, they will undoubtedly get the job done.
Every week there is more and more evidence that our message is resonating within the District and outside of it. This past week, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times spent a few days in the area, working on a feature story. I have no idea what the focus of the piece will be, but I was proud to introduce him to many of the fine people of Eastern North Carolina. We’ll give you a heads up when the story comes out later this week.
Finally, last week also saw a press release from the Alliance for Worker Freedom, an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of workers rights and a special project of the fine folks over at Americans for Tax Reform. The press release, titled
Walter Jones Forgets What Side He’s On, had some familiar themes. Among them:
“Jones is not the same Republican he was in 1994”
“…Walter has strayed far from his Republican background.”
“…Walter Jones no longer represents the values of lower taxes and workers rights that North Carolinians want. Indeed, the voter of NC-3 did elect a Republican in 1994; they now have a Pelosi-Clinton style representative whose time is up. Jones’s seven terms have been nothing but a shift toward the left and it is time for someone new.”
The release also detailed Walter’s legislative record, noting his votes against the Republican leadership 67% of the time on key issues as well as his votes for millions of dollars in wasteful “pork barrel” spending including Jack Murtha’s mystery defense contractor and numerous other frivolous spending of your tax dollars.
The message is getting out and the curtain has been drawn back on our “Phony Republican” Congressman. His rhetoric will no longer go unchallenged.
Keep spreading the word and don't forget to log on to www.joeforcongress.com and get your bumper stickers. We've restocked our popular "Support Our Troops" stickers, the oval "JOE" stickers and of course, the new "Walter B. Jones Jr. - Phony Republican" bumper sticker. Let the world know you are part of the solution.
See you on the campaign trail!
Quote of the Week: : "America has no choice but to continue our efforts in Iraq. A precipitous withdrawal will unquestionably lead to chaos that would endanger the stability of the Middle East." Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, from his address to a convention of military journalists. We sure didn't hear that quote on CNN amidst the negatives that they hand-picked from his address.