Posted on Mon, Dec. 12, 2005
Rep. Jones' Iraq position attracts GOP challenger
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - U.S. Rep. Walter Jones' call
for a timetable on troop withdrawals from Iraq has
attracted his first Republican primary opponent in
four elections as an incumbent.
Greg Dority, a two-time Republican candidate in the
1st Congressional District, says he'll run for Jones'
3rd District in the May GOP primary.
Jones has never faced serious Democratic opposition in
the military-heavy, GOP-leaning 3rd District.
Dority, 47, a managing partner in the international
firm Sterling Security, lost decisively to Democrats
Frank Ballance and G.K. Butterfield in the 2002 and
2004 1st District elections, respectively.
Dority said he's not running specifically against
Jones but for the 3rd District seat. He said a key
motivator behind his decision is their differences
Dority said he stands with Bush on the Iraq war.
"I believe history will completely vindicate President
Bush and his team for his decision to go to Iraq,"
Dority said. "We will win this war there's absolutely
no doubt in my mind."
Jones initially was a staunch supporter of President
Bush's war strategy in Iraq. He joined several fellow
congressmen in coining the phrases "freedom fries" and
"freedom toast" in March 2003 as a protest against the
French government, which had objected to the U.S.
intervention in Iraq.
But the U.S. military's mounting casualties in the war
led Jones this summer to support a timetable for
withdrawing troops from Iraq.
In June, Jones joined U.S. Reps. Neil Abercrombie,
D-Hawaii, Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Ron Paul,
R-Texas, in co-sponsoring a resolution to begin
withdrawing American soldiers from Iraq in October
The 17-county 3rd Congressional District is home to
three major military bases: Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point
Marine Corps Air Station, and Seymour Johnson Air
Dority, of Beaufort County, said he believes Jones was
sincere in his call and not motivated by opinion
A spokesman for Jones said he had no comment on
"Walter Jones will stand on his record of service to
eastern North Carolina," said Marc Rotterman.
Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/