Via NY Post:

Rep. Walter B. Jones, a 24-year veteran of Congress who built a record of maverick conservatism, passed away Sunday at the age of 76.

Mr. Jones represented eastern North Carolina, regularly turning aside GOP primary challenges then winning overwhelmingly in the general election.

He was known on Capitol Hill for having voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq, and even pushed the term “freedom fries” as a statement of patriotism as the U.S. prepared for war.

He came to regret his vote and regularly joined with anti-war opponents in trying to bring troops home. His military-heavy district was a part of his change of heart, and his office displayed a wall of photos of Camp Lejeune Marines killed in the war on terror.

“Walter Jones was a man of decency, honor, and upstanding moral character,” said North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes, who used to serve in Congress with Mr. Jones.

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