GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R – District 3) responded to the controversy surrounding House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s rumored inappropriate relationship with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R – District 2).
Jones sent out a statement last week demanding Republican leadership candidates including McCarthy, who was running for Speaker of the House, better not have any skeletons in their closets.
Jones says he sent out that statement in part due to a rumor McCarthy had an inappropriate relationship with North Carolina congresswoman Renee Ellmers.
McCarthy then suddenly dropped his bid for speaker.
Ellmers denied the rumor, but Jones questioned her timing because he says the rumor has been around for two years.
“If I, Walter Jones, was accused of something that was not true, I would immediately contact an attorney and say you contact that T.V. station or that newspaper, and you tell them no more because that’s not true,” Rep. Jones said. “I wouldn’t let it linger for any reason.”
He plans to vote for Dan Webster again for speaker.
In a statement sent to WNCN, Ellmers said, “As someone who has been targeted by completely false accusations and innuendo, I have been moved by the outpouring of support and prayers from my colleagues, constituents and friends.
“Now I will be praying for those who find it acceptable to bear false witness.”