Under the Dome

Jones runs ad attacking opponent

The flurry of campaign ads in the state’s 3rd Congressional District continued Monday with the release of an aggressive radio ad by Republican Rep. Walter Jones.

The ad accuses “Washington insiders” of running false attack ads against Jones and says they are attacking him because “he refuses to go along with their backroom deals.” The ad, paid for by the Jones campaign, is running across Eastern North Carolina and will continue until the primary on May 6. A spokesman said the ad was a “substantial buy,” but would not disclose the exact cost.

The ad also claims “Washington insiders” recruited one of their own to run against Jones, referring to Taylor Griffin, a former aide to President George W. Bush. Griffin and Al Novinec are both running against Jones in the GOP primary.

The ad dubs Griffin “a Washington operative who, until last year, had never lived in the 3rd District.”

“I just think that it’s obvious that he’s a 30-year career politician who’s desperate to hang on to his seat and he’s resorting to some desperate measures,” Doug Raymond, Griffin’s campaign manager, said of Jones.

He disputed several of the ad’s claims, saying no one recruited Griffin to run and that no false information has been presented in any of Griffin’s ads.

“Nobody recruited Taylor to run,” he said. “Taylor made that decision on his own. That’s completely a fabrication.”

Calling the ad “hypocritical,” Raymond said Jones is the “ultimate Washington insider,” having received a large portion of his campaign money from political action committees in the past and having spent the past 20 years in the House.

The ad says that Jones has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and Right to Life and that he has been opposed to the federal health care law since its onset.