Rep. Jones, R-N.C., ini­tial backer and later critic of Iraq War, dies

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

Wal­ter B. Jones Jr., a North Carolina con­gress­man who so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally supported the 2003 in­va­sion of Iraq that he ar­gued for the french fries and French toast served in House cafe­te­rias to be called “free­dom fries” and “free­dom toast” — a jab at France for its op­po­si­tion to the war — but who later un­der­went a dra­matic change of heart and emerged as a prom­i­nent Repub­li­can critic of the war, died Sun­day, on his 76th birth­day.

His of­fice con­firmed the death in a state­ment. It had an­nounced on Jan. 26 that the 13-term law­maker had en­tered hospice care.

In 1994, amid the “Repub­li­can revo­lu­tion” that swept the House, he joined the GOP and won a seat in a neigh­bor­ing dis­trict that cur­rently in­cludes the Marine Corps’ Camp Le­je­une and Cherry Point air sta­tion.

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