Don’t just praise Rep. Walter Jones — emulate him

Opinion

February 14, 2019 - 10:44 AM

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) (R) talks to a reporter after a news conference on Capitol Hill in 2005. Alex Wong/Getty Images

On Sunday, journalists’ inboxes overflowed with politicians’ statements of admiration for the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and his consistent independence from party.

On Monday, this headline topped Google News: “Another government shutdown looms” — as both parties dig in their heels on immigration.

The accolades for the Republican Jones, who died Sunday at age 76, centered around his dedication to principles and country over party. Jones, said senator and fellow North Carolinian Thom Tillis, will be remembered “for always following his convictions, no matter the political cost … and it was no wonder why he was so widely admired and trusted.”

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