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   Anti-war [NC Rep] Jones wooed by Dems, but plans to stay in GOP for now
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News DateFriday, March 9, 2007 03:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Jackie Kucinich
March 08, 2007

In his 13 years as a member of Congress, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) never had received more than 30 minutes on the House floor — until the Iraq war resolution debate.

“They gave me about an hour and 15 minutes,” Jones said during an interview at his congressional office, referring to his colleagues across the aisle. “I was most grateful — I have been here for 13 years and I have never been given 30 minutes, much less an hour and 15 minutes.”

Jones’s position on Iraq has drawn Democrats to him in recent years, and particularly in the last two months, since he was denied a subcommittee chairmanship on the Armed Services Committee.

While declining to identify which of “several” Democrats have approached him about switching parties, Jones said, as he has many times before, that he plans to stick with the GOP for now.

“Obviously there were some Democrats when I was not given the ranking member status of Armed Services [who wanted] to chat with me,” he said, noting that Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) has said publicly that his party would support a swap.

“I [would] welcome him in the Democratic Caucus,” Taylor told CongressDaily in January.
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