In response to the news of Congressman Walter Jones’ passing, Take Back Our Republic has released the following statement from Executive Director John Pudner, who starting with this 2015 news conference was honored to partner with this iconic public servant in the quest for a more representative government:
“Take Back Our Republic joins countless Americans in mourning the passing of Congressman Walter Jones. He was a lion in the reform movement who put people over politics in an effort to restore the influence of ordinary citizens against the tide of big money. For many years, he was among the few conservatives giving voice to this pivotal issue, and that’s why it was such an honor for our organization to partner with him to expand awareness and grow the movement. It was a great joy for me to get to know him personally, and our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the citizens of North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district who were so blessed by his representation of their interests. Walter Jones is one of those political leaders whose legacy will extend well beyond their time in office, and he will be greatly missed across the nation.”
Pudner also recalled his memory of the fiercely independent Republican saying:
“Walter Jones was the first member of Congress I wanted to visit with after launching Take Back Our Republic. When I arrived in his office, I saw a piece on his desk about my favorite band ‘The Who’ and how ‘Won’t get Fooled Again’ applied to the Iraq War. An hour into our meeting, a top Obama aide for Homeland Security came by to see the congressman and was turned away because, as Walter joked, he was ‘meeting with someone more important than him.’ Clearly, I knew that I wasn’t the more important meeting, but the comment displayed both his sense of humor and the degree to which he was encouraged by seeing more conservatives join him in the fight for reform.”
Take Back Our Republic is a conservative organization focused on campaign finance reform based in Auburn, AL that worked with Congressman Jones on legislation aimed at returning influence to the American people. For further inquiry, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.