In the latest edition of Onslow County Commissioner Joe McLaughlin's "Onslow Board of Commissioners Update" (McLaughlin's self-written newsletter on BOC activities), he plays up his relationships with the John Locke Foundation, John Hood (the Locke Foundation's director) and Arthur Pope, benefactor of the John Locke Foundation and president of Variety Wholesalers, Inc.
Says McLaughlin about John Hood and the John Locke Foundation staff:
The Pope family's vision, leadership, and generosity have made the Locke Foundation and many other conservative educational endeavors possible.
Here at BlueNC, we're familiar with JLF, John Hood and Art Pope, but others in Onslow County may not be so informed. I have a feeling that if I'm right on McLaughlin's desires to unseat Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr, his campaign may be funded by PopeCo and that McLaughlin's relationship with Pope, et al will need further spelunking.