The widow of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is providing support to a pediatrician in a Republican runoff seeking to succeed him in his eastern North Carolina seat.
Joe Anne Jones praised 3rd Congressional District candidate Joan Perry at a news conference on Thursday.
Jones stopped short of a formal endorsement but said Perry's integrity and faith aligned with those of her husband, who died in February.
Her comments come as Perry runoff rival physician Greg Murphy and his campaign have said Jones had told him that he wanted Murphy to fill his seat in 2020.
While Joe Anne Jones says she's grateful for Murphy as her husband's surgeon, "that doesn't have anything to do with politics."
The July 9 runoff winner advances to the September general election.