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As a State Representative in the Third Congressional District, I have been asked to make a few final comments on this year’s three person Congressional race. My first question, and one in which I always use when making significant decisions about ‘change’, is that it is better to “go TO a Good Position, rather than FROM one not as appealing? In other words, when making choices, just because one is not 100% in favor of one candidate, I don’t feel it wise to jump to another if they are not qualified or there are questions about ones’ integrity. I do know that some in the District are not happy with some of Congressman Jones’s recent votes. But let’s look at his extensive Congressional Record—he is a man of integrity and bold honesty. He has voted numerous times ‘No’ because he is resolute in not wanting to raise the Deficit to bankrupt our country for our children and grandchildren. While I have not agreed with several of his recent votes, he is a man of integrity and honesty and has served the constituents of Eastern NC with steadfast devotion for the last 20 years. He has declared this will be his last term.

Now let’s look at qualifications and integrity. Of the two other candidates only one has served in elected office as a County Commissioner. Yet instead of telling us how he would be good for the 3rd District, he has run a campaign of distortion and frank lies to the point a cease and desist order had to be brought out against him. Is this the kind of person we want for our Congressman?

The other candidate is a nice enough young man who served in the Marine Corps. While it is laudable to have served our country, I am not sure what else, what experience, what education, what work accomplishments, he brings to the table. Just to ‘want’ to be a Congressman is one thing but shouldn’t we have someone who has some credentials for the job? It is also baffling to me that he lives OUTSIDE the district he is supposed to represent.

So that brings us to a final conclusion—-do we vote against a man running for his last term who has served our district with honor and integrity as a true Statesman because we disagree with a few of his votes and select one of two people who are either not fit to be a congressman or clearly not qualified?? Personally I feel the answer is “No”. That is why I am supporting Walter Jones for his last term as our Congressman. I hope you will join me….

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It is no wonder that Americans have lost their faith in elected leaders when they try to pull what Congressional Candidate Scott Dacey tried yesterday. He and his campaign ran TV commercials that blatantly LIED about Walter Jones and his campaign contributions. BLATANTLY LIED and attempted to deceive the public but falsely tying him to a big Democratic Donor. Say what you will about Walter’s vote on the Tax Bill (wrong but for the right reason IMHO) but he is HONEST and a man of INTEGRITY who is a Man of Conscience. I would rather have a man like that representing eastern NC in Washington who I occasionally disagree with than someone who seeks to gain office by deception and deceit.

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Life in politics can be very stressful on one personally, on their family and on their business. Many appreciate the hard work one puts it, while others seek only to be negative and counter productive. Despite all these challenges my beautiful wife has stood by my side supporting me, guiding me and most of all loving me. Today is her birthday. Please join me in wishing her Happy Birthday!!!

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I get a great many requests from individuals in the district and all around Eastern NC who I back for a certain office. I would say the following things make a candidate appealing to me. 1) What do they bring to the table? What expertise, what experience, what life qualifications, educational or work attributes make them a worthy participant at the political table. Just ‘wanting to be in politics’ does nothing for me. Do they want to be in politics just to make a name for themselves or are they there to be a true servant of their constituents? Do they have some history of Service in their life that predates their desire to be in politics or is it just convenient now to call themselves a servant? 2) Obviously what are their political views? Do they align with mine? One can never agree with someone on every single issue but are we generally ‘on the same team’? Do we want what is best for our citizenry over self-promotion? 3) Most importantly–are they a person of Integrity and Honesty?…Are they willing to stand up for what is right even if there are political consequences? Do they tell you the Truth even though they know it may not be what you want to hear…Are they a person of Faith who acknowledges the Greater Good in this world rather than cowing to the ever changing winds of politics?…..I ask myself these questions before I ever pick a candidate for Higher Office….

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