Congressman's widow won't make endorsement in GOP runoff primary

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) The widow of Congressman Walter Jones said she is not making an endorsement in the Republican runoff primary to replace her husband in Washington.

Joe Anne Jones joined Dr. Joan Perry at a news conference this morning at the Town Common in Greenville, saying she wanted to make sure it was clear that she or her late husband did no endorsements of candidates in the primary.

The long-time 3rd District Republican congressman passed away February 10th after a brief illness.

Perry is facing a GOP runoff with Dr. Greg Murphy, a Greenville physician who is currently a state representative.

Jones spoke highly of Perry, and wanted to set the record straight after a newspaper article on Father's Day said Murphy claimed that the late congressman wanted him to fill his seat. "It's not an endorsement," Jones said speaking of today's event. "My husband and I never did that in the primaries."

While Jones said Perry is a good candidate, Murphy was her husband's surgeon. "I'm grateful for him saving his life," Jones said.

Early voting in the July 10th election began yesterday.

The winner faces Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris, and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt in the General Election September 10th.


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The campaign of Republican Dr. Joan Perry says the wife of late Congressman Walter Jones Jr. will hold a news conference with her Thursday morning in Greenville.

Perry's campaign says Joe Anne Jones will discuss the special election to fill her husband's seat in Congress.

The news conference is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Greenville Town Common.

Dr. Perry and Dr. Greg Murphy are currently in a runoff for the Republican nomination.

Early voting started Wednesday with the primary scheduled for July 9th.

The winner faces Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris, and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt in the General Election September 10th.

Stay with WITN for updates on Thursday's news conference.