For the first time in seven years, progressive activists who generally spend their energy targeting conservative Democrats reached out to a Republican House member and invited him to chat with their liberal community. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a war critic and thorn in the side of the GOP leadership, accepted the invitation and engaged the progressives in a mostly friendly back and forth on Monday.
In 2011, Jones told The Huffington Post that if House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) didn't reinstitute a moment of silence for troops who had died under Nancy Pelosi's watch, he would embarrass the speaker by introducing a resolution calling for it. The article led to a confrontation on the House floor between Jones and Boehner's then-chief of staff Barry Jackson, according to Robert Draper's Do Not Ask What Good We Do.
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