Speaker of the House Heath Shuler?

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.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Webmaster
Mountain Xpress Webmaster Follow me @MXWebTeam

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

31 thoughts on “Speaker of the House Heath Shuler?

  1. Lamont Cranston

    Speaker Of The House???

    Not over my dead Progressive Democratic Voter body.

    Get a clue, Heath: Your vote of “No” on the Health Care legislation vote with over 21% of your constituents without health care coverage or insurance of any kind in the 11th District should have sent a wake-up call to you by now. If not, then wait and see what November brings…. It may be a squeaker for you, or it may be…. Either way, there isn’t much of a difference between you and your Blue Dog DINO’s than Brand “R”.

  2. Bjorn

    Only language Bush spoke was monkey gibberish & he was appointed to office twice. Apparently the qualifications for lying, corrupt, sleazy politicians have been lowered.

  3. Asheville Dweller

    Shuler will win re-election, his district applies to more then just down town Asheville.

    Go Shuler!

  4. Michael Muller

    I wouldn’t discount Congressman Shuler’s remarks. He’s extremely personable — and from what I understand, very well-liked on Capitol Hill.

  5. luther blissett

    “He’s extremely personable” — I never knew “personable” was a synonym for “dumb.” Shuler might be a good political opportunist, but as far as smarts go, he took too many sacks as an NFL blowout.

  6. MusicLover45

    “We don’t feel that Muller’s reporting on Congressman Shuler is necessarily influenced by his past association with Mumpower or the Republican Party”. I agree with you Editor. Mumpower and Schuler are both Republicans, or Schuler sure acts like one, so there should not be a conflict of interest in your Republican reporter reporting on Republicans.

  7. Ken Hanke

    He will win. Not that that’s a real victory for anyone

    For once, I agree with you on both counts. It’d be nice for once to see him get elected because of who he is instead of who he isn’t. But I don’t think he can get elected that way.

  8. Dionysis

    Based upon what I’ve heard and read from Congressman Shuler, I’d say he has a much better chance of capturing the title formerly held by Virginia Republican William Scott as the ‘Dumbest Member of Congress’, gained back in 1974. In reality, Scott was well-educated (law degree from George Washington U.) and experienced, he was just inarticulate.

    Congressman Schuler is less well-educated and even less articulate, so that is a goal he could realistically obtain. But Speaker of the House? Ha ha ha ha. And ha.

  9. Russ Rhymer

    I think he would be a Great Speaker of the House…..maybe even run for Prez.
    He’s Handsome, so lets have some eye candy for a change!

  10. Shuler has never debated his opponents until days before the election, hidden away in a radio studio where a limited number of people can be present, and never in front of a forum at a podium that can be attended by the general public.

    The Republican candidates debated each other multiple times in nearly every county in the district before the voters (multiple times in some counties)…Shuler knows he could never stand up to that kind of scrutiny.

  11. pff

    I’d rather see an actual Republican holding his office than a Republican who pretends to be a Democrat.

  12. Killarue

    I suppose that it is easy to be popular when you are sucking on both sides of the isle(figuratively speaking, that is;) Geez, it must mean something that all these dolts are getting voted in, but it can’t be good for us thinking citizens.

  13. R.Bernier

    Shuler has said that the progressives have no choice but to vote for him in November. Im not so sure of this – a no vote is a vote to keep Shuler in which the progressives will have to bite their lip & pull for him.

    Shuler did run after Charles Taylor but just two years later you can watch Shuler run from Dr.Mumpower.

    Watch Shuler run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psQFLjYLuuk


    Wow, the Asheville Progressives could Shuler as Speaker of the House….
    Run Shuler run….

  14. JWTJr

    “I’d rather see an actual Republican holding his office than a Republican who pretends to be a Democrat.”

    It doesn’t surprise me that a progressive says this now. If the wish comes true, I bet the tune changes.

  15. Bill

    The democrat party is completely controlled by the hard left, and especially so in House. No democrat rep who is anywhere near the center has a chance of a significant leadership position.

  16. Bilgeman

    As a Redskins fan, I should caution one and all about putting too much faith in the abilities of Heath Schuler.

    We made THAT mistake once.

    He’s a good guy, and he has some skills, but he ain’t “all that and a bag of chips”.

    I remind all that Heath was unseated from his quarterback slot by Gus Frerotte, whose best-remembered contribution to the team was when he celebrated a touchdown by ramming his head into a wall and giving himself a concussion in the process.


    A Hesiman trophy winner who isn’t as good a QB as THAT guy?
    Draw your own conclusions.

  17. higgins1990

    House Speaker? He’d have to switch to the Republican Party, and then get in line, because the GOP will own the House for the next three or four election cycles.

  18. Conservadad

    Such snotty comments about the one YOU folks in NC elected…thereby helping to inflict Pelosi as SoH on the country. If only some modern day Rapunzel could spin it into gold!

  19. DC Native

    When Heath Shulrer was drafted by the Redskins the knock on him was that he was too stupid to be an NFL quarterback. What does that say about our Reps?

  20. Bamaboy

    It sure is easy to judge decisions without having all the info. While all Heath’s choices are not supported by me tell me the last time you agreed with everything with your closest of friends. These times are hard to manage and you have to think about the future and his decision on fiscal responsibility while at times unpopular is the true sign of a leader someone who can say this is not going to get me votes but it is the right thing to do. Another thing – being srticulate? give me a break – the most articulate folks are the ones that bend things a hundred ways. Lets be concerned about substance and character. You have a good congressman that is willing to stand up to his party when he disagrees – apprecaite it because I can not think of many others out there that would do that in good times or bad.

  21. Piffy!

    [b]It doesn’t surprise me that a progressive says this now. If the wish comes true, I bet the tune changes. [/b]

    Why? What possible benefit could come from a “Democrat” like Shuler who IN NO WAY represents my interests? I have no interest in the flaccid policies of the DNC, or of the way that Heath Shuler epitomizes them.

    I’d far prefer to see someone who at least is honest about their political ideology. As it stands, we have two republicans running, but only one has the decency to admit it.

    [b]The democrat party is completely controlled by the hard left, and especially so in House. No democrat rep who is anywhere near the center has a chance of a significant leadership position.[/b]

    I’d submit that you have no idea what the ‘hard left’ is. IT certainly aint pro-war pro-corporate Pelosi and her neo-liberal ways.

    You might want to review the political spectrum some time.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.