GREENVILLE – During the three-way race Republican primary race for the 3rd District congressional seat in Eastern North Carolina, incumbent Rep. Walter Jones faced a no-holds-barred attack from challenger and lobbyist Scott Dacey.
Specifically, Dacey’s campaign ran ads accusing Jones of getting funding from hedge fund billionaire and Leftist political activist George Soros, essentially calling Jones a tool of the Left. While the assertion that Jones was an enemy to the liberty-minded was laughable to anyone that’s followed him over his career in congress, Walter didn’t find it too funny.
Actually, he found it so unfunny that he’s filed a complaint with the Board of Elections.
“U.S. Rep. Walter Jones filed a complaint with the state elections board last week, alleging a primary opponent knowingly spread false information about his campaign donations.
Jones alleges that the Scott Dacey Committee, which represented one of two Republicans who challenged him in the May primary, spread false reports claiming Jones, a conservative Republican, received campaign donations from liberal political activist George Soros.
Jones legal adviser said state statute makes in unlawful for someone to publish or circulate “derogatory reports with reference to any candidate in any primary or election, knowing such a report to be false or in reckless disregard of its truth of falsity when such report is calculated or intended to affect the chances of such candidate for nomination or election.”
If the Board find probable cause, they will then refer the matter to the Wake County District Attorney for consideration.
It turns out that the campaign ads were much more than throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks in an effort to unseat an entrenched incumbent. It was much more sinister than that, which is why Jones demanding Dacey be held accountable.
“The Dacey campaign released advertising in early April that accused Jones of accepting about $80,000 from Soros through donors linked to a group called “Friends of Democracy. The advertisements stated that the donations were credit card payments processed by a company called Democracy Engine.
The Jones campaign said Democracy Engine did process some credit card payments but none were from Soros supporters.
The Jones campaign said the only “Friends of Democracy” donation it received was a $1 contribution made by Ryan Kane. Kane was the media and digital director for the Dacey Campaign. The Jones campaign didn’t accept the $1 donation, according to Tuesday’s news release.
The Jones campaign sent Dacey a cease and desist order in April, saying the ads violated state law. The ads continued to run.”
Now that is a dirty, dirty trick. Dacey must have learned such moves from all of his time lobbying in the Swamp. Luckily, Jones won out, Dacey ended up in third place, and there is no Democratic opponent in the general election.
Though he is prone to ruffle some feathers and strike out on his own, Jones is a far better representative for Eastern NC to have for two more years than the alternative, and in the mean time the grassroots can start vetting primary candidates for 2020.
Read more about Jones’ statement on the issue here.