Congressman Heath Shuler’s charges on Feb. 9 in Raleigh that the “House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed” in creating bipartisan support for an economic recovery bill did not help District 11 in what will prove to be a competitive race to get economic support from the bill for our part of Western North Carolina.
Shuler was well aware, even before his vote in the House, that this bill—in some form—was going to pass and be signed into law. While I don’t agree with his “no” vote, I don’t fault him on it half as much as I blame his arrogance for trying to pick a fight with the leaders of his own party in front of the national press.
If Shuler really cares so much about bipartisan support, he should spend a little less time in front of the microphone and a lot more time building the relationships that will make that bipartisan support a reality. His theatrics call into question whether his vote, siding with the Republicans in the House, was done out of principle or merely to position himself for the Senate run that he is rumored to be planning.
Families are hurting here in our district, and we need economic relief and a representative who will stand for our mountain values without making enemies with those in D.C. who have the ability to help us.
— Mary Alice Lamb