Like Al Gore before he found global warming, Carl Mumpower has struggled to develop a signature public persona. Remember the time when he was Asheville’s crime-fighting drug czar? Or his short-lived attempt to become its number-one patron of the arts? Or the voice of reason and moderation he once offered to City Council, before he decided to say no to everything?
Failing to find his metier in Council, he then ran for congressional nomination and handily won the Republican primary. But after launching his general-election campaign for Congress against the incumbent, he suddenly received a calling to purify the conservative ideology of his own party. Thus the spectacle of its local leaders submitting to his demand that they endorse each detail of his version of True Republicanism.
And thus we have seen the latest transition of Mumpower—from politician to evangelist. If his congressional campaign is ultimately unsuccessful, the next logical destination for the good doctor is obvious: divinity school.
— John D. Johnston Jr.