North Carolina’s Jones Hit With Outside Ad Wave

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), from left, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) speak in support of U.S. House bill H.R. 428 during a press conference in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), from left, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) speak in support of U.S. House bill H.R. 428 during a press conference in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

The outside campaign to oust Republican Rep. Walter Jones in North Carolina’s 3rd District is intensifying less than three weeks before the key primary.

Emergency Committee for Israel, a Republican pro-Israel group, and Ending Spending Action Fund, a super-political action committee founded by Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts,  are out with television ads attacking Jones and praising his opponent in the May 6 primary, former U.S. Treasury Department aide Taylor Griffin.

Emergency Committee for Israel’s spot links Jones to the radio-show host Alex Jones and criticizes the congressman for his 2012 vote against enhanced economic sanctions on Iran. The group’s first ad also attacked Walter Jones on Iran.

The newer ad also says Griffin is the “one real conservative” in the Republican primary. The spot began running this morning on NBC’s affiliate in Greenville, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.

Ending Spending Action Fund’s new ad, which began airing yesterday in Greenville, describes Jones as “the number one Republican supporter of President Obama,” though it spends more than 20 of its 30 seconds praising Griffin. He’s “a conservative we can trust,” a narrator says of Griffin, who worked for Republicans including Jesse Helms and Sarah Palin.

Ending Spending Action Fund‘s first anti-Jones ad ran 202 times from March 21 to April 2, CMAG data show.

Jones has opposed Republican leaders and sided with Democrats on some votes including the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul.

Jones’s campaign has defended the incumbent’s record by pointing to his work aiding military families and his votes opposing Obamacare, abortion, gun control and increases in the federal debt limit. A radio ad criticizes “Washington insiders” for opposing his re-election. Bloomberg News profiled the race in February.

Ending Spending Action Fund is funded partly by billionaire Paul Singer, the president of New York-based Elliott Management, Bloomberg News reported today. Singer and some Elliott executives also donated to Griffin’s campaign in the first quarter, when Griffin raised $118,000 compared with $102,000 for Jones.

Jones’s first-quarter donors included the political action committee of J Street, a Jewish advocacy group that calls itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace.”

North Carolina’s 3rd has a Republican lean and stretches from the Virginia border to Wilmington.

 

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