Taylor Griffin has had a lot of success as a politico in DC. He’s very well-connected in GOPe circles there. Groups spearheaded by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol helped him raise all kinds of money last time around, and are likely to do so again this time. It appears that Team Griffin is running with the same misleading spin that served them so well last time:
[…] “In the 20 years Walter Jones has been in Congress, his voting record too often strays from conservative principles. He votes with liberal California Democrat Nancy Pelosi more than any other North Carolina Republican. He refused to support the Republican nominee for President in each of the last three elections and just this year he voted against a defense funding bill critical for eastern North Carolina’s military. Walter Jones is a good man, he’s just not a good conservative.” […]
These days, voting with the Republican leadership is not always synonymous with voting conservatively. We’ve got GOP leaders in DC pushing
Walter Jones is consistently ranked as either tied as the most conservative or ranked as the second most conservative member of the North Carolina congressional delegation. Jones is consistently ranked as more conservative than Reps. Patrick McHenry and Virginia Foxx, two North Carolinians who are part of John Boehner’s leadership team and regularly vote with House GOP leadership.
It sounds like that dead horse will be beaten some more — even though the facts in no way or shape support it.
Philip Law is also in the race. Though, he is not going after Jones personally like Griffin is.