North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones Dies After Long Illness


I always appreciated what Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) had to say and the stands he took in representing the people of his district.  After a prolonged illness, Jones died on Sunday.

His office issued a statement on January 26 that he had broken his hip the previous week and his health had declined to the point that he was placed in hospice care.

Office of Rep. Walter Jones (R- NC): Congressman Walter B. Jones’ (NC-3) health has declined after sustaining a broken hip last week. He is now in hospice care. The family asks for your prayers, and for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.

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A post on Jones’ Facebook page acknowledged his passing.

After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34…

Posted by Walter Jones on Sunday, February 10, 2019

“The news about Walter Jones entering Hospice is extremely sad for the entire Republican family,” North Carolina Republican Party Chair Robin Hayes said. “We pray for comfort and peace for him and his family.”

Jones was considered to be one of the few good guys in DC.

Attorney Felix Bronstein wrote at the time of it being made known public of Jones’ condition, “Pray for one of the few good guys on the Hill.”

Jones was a principled man, even changing his view on foreign policy when he discovered that the American people had been lied to by the Bush administration.

Target Liberty wrote:

Jones has a lifetime rating of 84.69 from the American Conservative Union. However, Wikipedia notes, Jones drifted towards the libertarian spectrum when he changed his positions on foreign policy including the Iraq War. He was initially a strong supporter of the conflict in Iraq, but then became one of the leading Republicans opposed to continued involvement in Iraq.

Jones called on President George W. Bush to apologize for misinforming Congress to win authorization for the war. Jones said, “If I had known then what I know today, I wouldn’t have voted for that resolution.”

In April 2017, Jones has criticized U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.

Eric Garris at Anti-War Blog added:

Jones was originally a strong supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In fact, Jones became well known for leading the effort to have french fries renamed “freedom fries” in House cafeteria menus as a protest against French opposition to the invasion.

By 2005, Jones had reversed his position on the Iraq War. Jones called on President George W. Bush to apologize for misinforming Congress to win authorization for the war. Jones said, “If I had known then what I know today, I wouldn’t have voted for that resolution.”

Jones went on to become one of the most antiwar members of Congress, fighting for ending US involvement in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.

Jones also became a regular donor to Antiwar.com and contributed to the Antiwar.com blog. Jones often made surprise phone calls to me and to news editor Jason Ditz to praise our work and to thank us for helping him to “see the light” on issues of national security.

Jones was also among a few congressmen who urged the release of 28 pages that were classified in the 9/11 report, which were later declassified showing Saudi involvement.

Jones also pushed to write up articles of impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah if he ignored the Constitution and Congress and chose to use the military in foreign countries after using them without congressional authorization in Libya.

Jones was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and has represented North Carolina’s 3rd district ever since.

Jones had previously announced that the 116th Congress would be his last.  He was 76 years old and had served in Congress for 24 years.

Rep. Jones will be sorely missed in Congress.

Article postd with permission from Sons Of Liberty Media

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