WASHINGTON, D.C. – When you spend years getting paid to smother yourself with muck in The Swamp, it’s not surprising you’d make friends with the Swamp Thing. Bloomberg reports that D.C. lobbyist Scott Dacey, who is challenging Rep. Walter Jones (R) in North Carolina’s Third District congressional GOP primary, is getting support from disgraced former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“Add former Speaker John Boehner to the list of Washington names piling on against Rep. Walter Jones.
Jones (R-N.C.) is being challenged in next week’s primary election.
Boehner’s political action committee, The Freedom Project, sent a $1,500 contribution April 27 to Scott Dacey, a county commissioner and lobbyist seeking to unseat Jones.
The Freedom Project’s “purpose is to keep and expand a conservative majority in the U.S. House,” John Criscuolo, the group’s executive director and a longtime Boehner aide, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg Government. “Scott Dacey is our best shot in this district to help ensure that goal is achieved.””
So Boehner’s PAC is all geared toward keeping and expanding a conservative majority, and Scott Dacey is their ‘best shot?’
That may make some sense if this seat were in danger of flipping Democrat, even though Jones is would be the better bet for actual conservatives, but the seat is definitely not at risk. In fact, no Democrat is challenging in this district at all!
So what’s this about? This is all about Boehner supporting a lobbying buddy and spending money against Jones, who voted against John Boehner for Speaker multiple times. Jones has long been a stand alone congressman that often strikes out against the party line. Most of the time this is done in keeping with conservative principle, something Boehner couldn’t possibly appreciate.
Even when Boehner resigned – got booted by Mark Meadows & Co. – in 2015, Jones frustrated attempts to place Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as a handpicked Establishment successor by imploring colleagues to avoid putting forth a nominee with some extra-marital baggage lying around. (Looking at you Renee Elmers)
So, it’s no surprise the Boehner would be supporting a lobbyist’s attempt to take out Jones in the primary next Tuesday. We’re not sure the doubling down on Swampy associations does Dacey any favors though.
Better to send Jones back to D.C. for a two year road to retirement, and uncover some credible conservative talent to represent the values of Eastern North Carolina come 2020.