The information I know is several Democratic Congressman in Washington have approached Rep. Jones to see if he is open to becoming a Democrat. These have included Rep. Gene Taylor, Miss, Mike McIntyre, NC, Heath Shuler, NC and I have even been told Stenny Hoyer has been in on some disussions. Also, some prominent in North Carolina have also approached Walter about switching. My sources say Jim Hunt is behind this and also Marc Basnight. Though I am not sure if Hunt and Basnight have personally approached Jones or if people representing them have.
Many on this blog are supporting Marshal Adame, and they seem to feel Adame is being pushed aside by Daily Kos and others for a Jones switch. First of all, Daily Kos has little effect on this, if Jones switches or not they will have little say in the matter. Secondly if Jones does switch it is most likley to be in 2007. Adame will get his chance to run against Jones though at this time the DCCC does not have the 3rd on a high priority list, mainly becasue the 8th and the 10th, if Will Johnson runs and I think he will, are what they think to be priority races. I do not know Mr. Adame but his support here is heart felt, I hope folks here do not get hurt feelings if thins turn out the way they could. To many in the party getting progressive legislation is secondary if its on the list at all, to getting Democrats elected. Courting Rep Jones to the party is a larger effort to bring blue collar evangelical Christian voters to the party and the conultants believe they are going to be the new swing vote.