GOP Rep. Walter "Freedom Fries" Jones Dies At Age 76

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

Congressman Walter Jones died Sunday at the age of 76.

A previous statement said "Congressman Walter B. Jones' (NC-3) health has declined after sustaining a broken hip last week".

The Congressman had been battling an undisclosed illness for several months forcing him to miss votes on Capital Hill since the fall.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of a long time leader, proud North Carolinian, a devoted family man of deep faith, and my friend of over forty years- Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr". "And it's very special to me because it goes back to my regretting that I voted to go into the Iraq war".

The iconoclastic North Carolina Republican had been in hospice care. The congressional newspaper Roll Call described Jones on Sunday as "an independent Republican resolute in his commitments to ending USA wars and diminishing the role of government". The bill would make public 28 pages, now classified, that were removed from the congressional investigation's report on the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

"Jones' legacy will undoubtedly be the unequivocal advocacy he put forth for the men and women who serve in this country's armed forces, and not just those who lived in his district, but across the nation", Mr. Hayes said.

In response, Mr Jones and his fellow Republican Robert W Ney pushed for cafeterias in the House of Representatives to rename their French fries and French toast "freedom fries" and "freedom toast".

Jones was known for his support of the Iraq War and the US-led invasion in 2003. Rep. Jones also spearheaded the effort to urge the Pentagon to review the 2000 Osprey crash piloted by two Marines and reverse its previous statements that blamed both servicemen.

"Congressman Jones represented the best of North Carolina politics", said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat who gave Jones the oath of office on January 4 during a private visit to Jones' home.

"He was a man of remarkable integrity and stubbornness", Gingrich tells NPR.

He first ran for Congress in 1992 as a Democrat, attempting to fill the seat of his father Walter Jones Sr., who served in Congress for over 25 years, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

"Libya had done nothing to America", Jones had said.

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