Tags:Here's the press release from Asheville City Council member and congressional candidate Cecil Bothwell:
Rep. Heath Shuler and other officials addressed a crowd at the grand opening of the new BioWheels RTS Brightfield electric car charging station, located in the parking lot of the Asheville Public Works Building on S. Charlotte St. This is the first solar powered charging station in the state. The project was largely funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more commonly referred to as the "Stimulus Bill."
Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell observed, "Shuler's participation in the event would have been more meaningful if he hadn't voted against the president's stimulus plan, one of only 7 Democrats who crossed the party line. It was nice that our Congressman took time to show up for the ribbon cutting, but it would be far more significant if he would vote for funding the jobs we need today instead of voting with the Republicans who want to slash this kind of federal spending."
Bothwell is challenging Shuler in the 2012 Democratic primary in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.