Pro-Israel Group Opposing Jones in North Carolina

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Representative Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina, testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6, 2011.

A conservative pro-Israel group is airing television ads opposing North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones five weeks before a Republican primary.

Jones is the “most liberal Republican in Congress” and “preaches American decline,” according to the ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel, a group led by William Kristol and Gary Bauer.

The ad criticizes Jones’s vote in August 2012 against a bill that expanded economic sanctions on Iran’s energy and petrochemical sectors in an effort to stop that nation’s nuclear arms program. Jones was among six House members who voted against the measure, which President Barack Obama signed into law.

The spot also targets Jones for “refusing to support” legislation to bolster U.S. military cooperation with Israel. Jones was among nine House members voting “present” on the bill, which passed 411 to 2 in July 2012 and became law.

The anti-Jones ad first ran this morning on the NBC affiliate in Greenville, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising. Ending Spending Action Fund, a super-political action committee led by Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, is running an ad attacking Jones that ran 178 times from March 21-31, CMAG data show.

Jones, who’s been in the House since 1995, has touted votes against Obama’s health-care law and raising the federal debt ceiling. His campaign is running a radio ad featuring an endorsement from the widow of North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms, who represented the state from 1973 to 2003.

Jones is opposed in the May 6 primary by Taylor Griffin, a former U.S. Treasury aide in George W. Bush’s administration. Bloomberg News profiled the race in February after traveling to North Carolina’s 3rd District, a Republican-leaning area that sweeps up the Outer Banks as it stretches from the Virginia border south to Wilmington.

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