In two new attack ads released by incumbent Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Jones goes after his opponent, lobbyist Scott Dacey, for giving hundreds of thousands to support "the builders of the swamp" — naming House Speaker Paul Ryan and others in the GOP establishment specifically.
"Dacey says he's on the Trump Train, but he's just jumped on the bandwagon hoping to use the president to fool voters. The fact is Dacey has never given a dime to Donald Trump, but he's given over 170,000 to help the builders of the swamp."
Why it matters: It's extremely strange for a Republican incumbent to target a leader of his own party to gain an edge so early in the midterm election cycle (the North Carolina primary isn't until May). The move could also open the door for other members to follow suit.