North Carolina Congressional Candidate Joe McLaughlin’s Phony Conservatism
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
During his brief time on this earth, President Ronald Reagan uttered dozens of memorable quotes. Arguably one of the most important Reagan quotations is, “Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican.”
Obviously, that commandment has not been heeded in recent years by many Republicans, especially those claiming to be conservatives.
A perfect example of this transgression against Reagan’s commandment is the congressional race in North Carolina’s 3rd District between Republican incumbent Walter Jones and challenger Joe McLaughlin, also a Republican.
Disagreements and one-ups-manship are expected in any political race, but several North Carolina conservatives are upset with the conduct of McLaughlin. One member of the NCGOP told this writer that “not a day goes by without Joe [McLaughlin] smearing Congressman Jones.”
Talking on the condition of anonymity, he said, “If you’re claiming to be a conservative, then be a conservative.”
A visit to McLaughlin’s website reveals an entire page devoted to denigrating his opponent. There are two conspicuous photos: one with Jones and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, arguably the most left-wing congressman in Washington; the other photograph has Jones posing with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. One has to be reminded that McLaughlin is attacking a fellow Republican not a Democrat or a Socialist.
“McLaughlin is part of a new generation of Republicans who believe they must only care about securing their own personal power,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
McLaughlin accuses Rep. Walter Jones of shifting to the Political Left and that Jones is not the same man North Carolinians sent to Washington with the Contract with America in 1995. But it’s Joe McLaughlin who changed his political views and started calling himself a conservative.
On abortion, McLaughlin admits that he had a “moderate to liberal” view — until his mother told him one day that she might not have decided to have him (the youngest of five by eight years) if she could have gotten an abortion.
“I moved a few meters to the right then,” he told a newspaper reporter.
He also told the Goldsboro News-Argus that he “believes that marriage is between a man and a woman,” but that even homosexual couples should be allowed legal rights — just not the institution of marriage. And finally, he shared with the group that while he is a Christian — a Roman Catholic like his opponent Jones — he won’t be wearing his faith on his sleeve.
However, sources in Washington, DC tell The Conservative Voice that McLaughlin met with gay political consultant Chris Barron of the New Jersey-based CapSouth Consulting in the nation’s capital. Barron is a leading advocate of gay rights and a former honcho with the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay-rights group.
During their DC get-together, Barron escorted Joe McLaughlin to meetings with leaders in the gay-rights movement.
Prior to founding CapSouth Consulting, Chris served as the Log Cabin Republicans’ Political Director. At Log Cabin, he directed the organization’s lobbying and media relations. According to sources in Washington, McLaughlin met with these Barron contacts.
“What’s a conservative doing meeting with gay-rights activists? And why the secrecy?” asks a NCGOP insider.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.