I had the opportunity to speak with Congressman Heath Shuler (Democrat, 11th District) at a military veteran’s luncheon on Aug. 26. I asked why he doesn’t have face-to-face town hall meetings. He replied, “I am not going to waste my time having a bunch of people yelling at me at town hall meetings!”
I asked him why he voted against amendments to remove earmarks from legislation. He answered, “This is how the system works.”
After a few more questions, he walked away. The Club for Growth rates congressmen on their pro-growth voting record. Last year, Shuler’s pro-growth rating was 22 percent, and only 2 percent in 2008, making him one of the most anti-job-growth liberal [members of Congress]. Shuler voted with liberals and [Speaker of the House] Nancy Pelosi 76 percent of the time. This fall, Shuler will present himself as a Blue Dog Conservative, reminding us that he voted against TARP, stimulus and healthcare bills. However, Shuler only voted “no” after each bill had enough votes to pass. He withheld his vote to the last minute, just in case Pelosi needed it.
Do not be fooled by Shuler’s ads. He is a big-government liberal. It is time to change the system and players, including this one.
— James Davis