Political party: Republican
Residence: Highlands (Macon County)
Occupation: Author, attorney
Education: B.A. Yale, J.D. Maryland Law School, postgraduate work at American University
Political experience: Almost 40 years of working with and for presidential candidates, U.S. senators, a dozen members of Congress, and almost 1,000 state representatives and senators, plus one mayor and 19 city council members
Endorsements: Information not provided
1) How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?
Information not provided
2) What most distinguishes you from your opponents in this primary?
“I have posted on my Web site links to every minute of every debate between me and the other two candidates. I invite any and all voters to see for themselves the differences between us.”
3) On what single issue do you most depart from the Republican Party line, and why?
“It is a silly question to ask where I ‘depart from the Republican Party line.’ There is no such line: The Republican Party is in chaos. Its only virtue is that the Democrats are more chaotic.”
4) If elected, what would be your top three priorities as a member of Congress?
“Jobs, jobs, jobs and education. That means jobs in tourism, jobs in farming and the worst-hurt area: jobs in manufacturing. Plus, education is always important long term.”
5) What has been incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler’s top accomplishment in Congress, and what has been his greatest mistake?
“Shuler’s top accomplishment was convincing enough voters that he was a ‘conservative’ to get elected in 2006. His greatest mistake was his first vote, supporting liberal Nancy Pelosi as speaker.”
6) What measures do you support to reduce costs and increase access to health care?
“Eliminate fraud and red tape within the government itself. Cut down abuse by trial lawyers. Encourage the free markets to provide better insurance options.”
7) What course should the United States now take in Iraq?
“The U.S. should take the same course in Iraq today as it did in Germany and Japan between 1945-55. It’s all there in the history books.”
8) What specific plans do you favor in regard to illegal immigration?
“Obey and enforce the laws already on the books, from building the Mexican fence to going after employers who hire illegals. Arizona is showing today what the federal government should have been doing all along.”
9) How should Congress address the country’s future energy policy?
“The best and quickest freedom from foreign control of energy sources is clean-burning coal in the short run, nuclear energy in the long run. All other options are either unworkable or ineffective.”
10) Who is your political hero, and why?
“Among the Framers it would be Ben Franklin, for his brilliance in both political theories and practical actions. Among the presidents it would be Teddy Roosevelt, for his achievements in many different fields.”