The War on Antiwar Republicans - Hawks have Walter Jones and Justin Amash on their hit list, and Rand Paul will be nextSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:51
By W. JAMES ANTLE III • April 7, 2014
Walter Jones is the first target. The ten-term North Carolina Republican has emerged as a leading antiwar voice in Congress. As a result, he faces a primary challenge from former George W. Bush aide Taylor Griffin—and a barrage of hostile spending from outside groups.
The Emergency Committee for Israel has launched a six-figure ad campaign describing Jones as a convert to liberalism. “Once upon a time, Walter Jones was right for North Carolina but he’s changed,” says the narrator in the 30-second spot. “Isn’t it time your vote changed as well?”
Next on the list is Justin Amash, whose primary comes nearly three months later in August. “Over cocktails and chocolate-covered strawberries,” Newsmax reports, a group of west Michigan Republicans gathered at a Tudor-style home in Grand Rapids,” eventually settling on businessman Brian Ellis to challenge Amash.
The main event, however, is going after Rand Paul. Paul is unlikely to face a viable primary challenger for his Senate seat, but he is considered a top-tier candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. “Can he win Iowa, yes. Can he win New Hampshire, yes. Can he win the nomination, maybe—and that’s scary,” an unnamed Mitt Romney bundler fretted to Time.