by Jason Jackson
Last week the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego recognized Assemblyman Brian Jones with its highest honor, the Thomas Paine Liberty Torchbearer award. The RLC is a conservative group that works within the Republican Party to promote the ideals of limited government, low taxes, and free markets. The group recognizes candidates and office holders that best govern according to those principles.
Assemblyman Jones embodies those principles and has accumulated an outstanding conservative record. He has earned a 92 percent rating from the California Taxpayers Association for voting to reduce the tax burden on California families, a 100 percent rating from the Chamber of Commerce for voting to improve the business climate and employment prospects of the state, and a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association for his strong advocacy for the right to bear arms.
Jones, who was re-elected to his assembly district this fall with 72 percent of the vote, understands that in the current political climate the influence of the Republican Party in Sacramento is diminished, yet he still does what he can to draw contrasts with liberal policies and hold Democrats accountable. His efforts to fight corruption and government waste are renowned, highlighted by his “Are you kidding me” video diaries. Although Jones is term limited, he has already announced his intention to keep fighting for conservative values by pursuing higher office. He should enjoy the solid support of conservatives in that pursuit.
Jones joins other esteemed local office holders in receiving the Liberty Caucus Torchbearer recognition, including Senator Joel Anderson, San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman, Vista City Councilwoman Amanda Young Rigby, Helix Water Board Member Kathleen Hedberg, and former San Diego City Councilman Fred Schnaubelt.
Jason Jackson is a political activist and serves as Vice Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a veteran of the War on Terrorism, earning the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign and unit citations for his service in the conflict. He has a master’s degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, and a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.