Looking dapper and tan in a well-tailored blue suit, Congressman Heath Shuler talked about job creation, partisanship, the need to balance the federal budget — and his own ambitions to be Speaker of the House — at a luncheon today sponsored by the Council of Independent Business Owners. Xpress covered the event live and shot a brief video interview with Shuler after his speech:
The two-term “Blue Dog” Democrat spoke for approximately an hour and took questions from the audience. In response to a question about whether or not he supported Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Shuler expressed his own interest in the position, saying:
Here’s what I’ve been talking about. Who have I been talking about running our country? The middle. So I haven’t ruled out the idea that I might not run. So I may have… we’ll wait and see. We’ll see who’s actually up for it, and who decides to put their hat in the ring. You never know, maybe a Blue Dog will make it.
Watch the video of the Shuler speaking about the issue:
The monthly “Power Lunch” kicked off with CIBO President Rod Hudgins presenting a special award to CIBO member Colonel Tom Cathey for his heroic service in Iraq. Shuler presented him with a flag that had flown over the United States Capitol. The event was held at Magnolia’s Bar & Grille in downtown Asheville.
Editor’s note: Xpress reporter Michael Muller was the campaign manager for Dr. Carl Mumpower in the 2008 Republican primary, although he left that campaign after Mumpower won the election. We don’t feel that Muller’s reporting on Congressman Shuler is necessarily influenced by his past association with Mumpower or the Republican Party, although we believe it is in the interests of full disclosure to share this fact with our readers.