Joseph R. McLaughlin (North Carolina politician)

Joseph R. McLaughlin (North Carolina politician)

Joseph R. McLaughlin (born September 16, 1954, Wilmington, Delaware) is a Republican member of the Onslow County, North Carolina Board of Commissioners, and was a candidate for U.S. Congress challenging incumbent Walter B. Jones, Jr. for the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 3rd congressional district.


McLaughlin received a presidential appointment to the United States Air Force Academy from President Richard Nixon, graduating in 1976. He served as an infantry platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, earned a Masters of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. McLaughlin works as a financial advisor in Jacksonville, North Carolina. [ [ Joe McLaughlin for U.S. Congress - bio] Retrieved August 9, 2007]

2008 congressional race

Joe McLaughlin unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Republican Walter B. Jones, Jr. in the Republican primary. Walter Jones has become an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, [ [ Congressmen call for U.S. withdrawal] June 16, 2005. Retrieved August 9, 2007] and has recently taken other liberal positions that made him unpopular with some conservative Republicans in his district. [ [ Joe McLaughlin for U.S. Congress - Walter Jones' Record] Retrieved August 9, 2007] McLaughlin ran on an economic and socially conservative platform, and opposed setting timetables for withdrawal from Iraq. [ [ Joe McLaughlin for U.S. Congress - Issues] Retrieved August 9, 2007] Poorly funded, he was defeated in the May primary by a 60% to 40% margin.


External links

* [ Joe McLaughlin's campaign site]

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