I read with some interest the article in the Nov. 10 edition about Buncombe County’s surprising poll results [“Buncombe Bucks the Trend,” Xpress].
As a normally Republican voter, I will say that I don't think Heath Shuler’s re-election has much to do with the Buncombe County Democrats’ organization as much as it had to do with his voting record. Until this year, I had not voted for Shuler. However, he seems to be an independent voice in the [U.S.] House [of Representatives] for Western North Carolina. He does not seem to be a lapdog for the Democratic [Party] leadership in Washington. Yes, as Mr. Miller’s ads suggested, [Shuler] “voted with Pelosi” 90-some percent of all votes. Of course, the majority of those votes were procedural votes and had nothing to do with policy. Of course, this is demonstrated by the fact that he is willing to challenge her leadership position. While I give him very little chance in unseating her, I admire his willingness to stand up as a moderate voice in a place that has been dominated by the loud few from the far right and far left.
I suggest that some of us Republicans toward the center and the Blue Dogs from the Democrats form a new political party. I suggest we call it the Dawg Party — Blue Dogs and Red Dogs who are willing to work together to get things done and leave the left and right outside in the rain. The time has come for the calm, reasonable and moderate majority to be large and in charge.
— Ron Grant