- 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. Congresschallenging 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 Academyfrom President Richard Nixon, graduating in 1976. He served as an infantry platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Divisionat Fort Bragg, earned a Masters of Science from the Naval Postgraduate Schoolin Monterey, Californiaand was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. McLaughlin works as a financial advisor in Jacksonville, North Carolina. [ [http://www.joeforcongress.com/bio/ 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, [ [http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/16/us.iraqresolution/ Congressmen call for U.S. withdrawal] CNN.com. 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. [ [http://www.joeforcongress.com/wbj/ 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. [ [http://www.joeforcongress.com/issues/ 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.
* [http://www.joeforcongress.com/home.php Joe McLaughlin's campaign site]
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