JONES CALLS FOR FULL VETTING OF HOUSE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES

Oct 6, 2015 Issues: Values

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones is calling on members running in the coming leadership elections to withdraw from the elections if they are guilty of misdeeds that, if made public, would be embarrassing to the Republican Conference and the House of Representatives. Congressman Jones sent a letter to Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) asking her to make his request part of the agenda items the Conference will discuss during leadership elections.  Last week, Speaker Boehner announced that the election for Speaker of the House will take place on October 29.  Elections for majority leader and majority whip will take place at an undetermined time after that.

“I’ve had the pleasure of serving the third district of North Carolina for the past 20 years in Congress. Some of the most difficult times have been when our Republican leaders or potential Republican leaders must step down because of skeletons in their closets,” said Congressman Jones. “We’ve seen it with former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Bob Livingston, who ran for Speaker in 1998.  Let’s learn from the past and not go down that road again.  Let’s make sure the new House Republican leadership team is full of individuals that can do the job without distractions that further degrade the public’s trust in the people’s House.”

Click on the link below to read Congressman Jones' letter to Chairman McMorris Rodgers.