Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) is facing a serious challenge from Onslow County Commissioner Joseph McLaughlin in a district that houses one-fifth of the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. Onslow County is the largest in the district.
"Disloyalty is something you can't tolerate. That's the way military people look at it," said Onslow County GOP Chairman Ronald Cherubini. "As a party, we have sent him a letter saying we cannot support you anymore because you're not voting (with) your constituency."
Cherubini said that party chairmen from the heavily Republican counties in the eastern portion of the district have also told the congressman that he would not receive their support in his primary bid for reelection.
That's actually far more institutional pressure than Lieberman got from Connecticut Democrats, isn't it? Lots of outsiders backed Lamont, but how many county chairman made the plunge?
Kraushaar finds that Ron Paul, rather surprisingly, is having an easier time with actual Republicans in his district.
Paul's outspoken views on foreign policy haven't yet had a visible effect on his district support. Several days after the second presidential debate, Paul appeared at the Galveston County Lincoln Day Dinner, where he received a warm reception from the attendees.