Henderson County activist Robert Danos has shared with KCC the text of his county party's first ad buy of this political season. They've chosen to go after Congressman Heath Shuler, a self-described "blue dog" Democrat who represents the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina.
(Left: Shuler, was a complete bust at your blogger favorite professional team, the Washington Redskins, after having a stellar career at the University of Tennessee, your blogger's favorite college football team. )
Shuler has run for office twice on a platform of a conservative/moderate Democrat who understands "mountain values", but it's clear to everyone in that part of the state that he's nothing more than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lapdog.
Here's the text of the ad:
Is Heath Shuler with You or the ACLU?
A strong majority of voters in WNC (Western North Carolina) know that the Obama Administration's decision to give the 9/11 terrorists a civilian trial, in the heart of New York City, is both dangerous and unnecessary.
We have used military tribunals to try enemy combatants for war crimes going back to WWII, the Civil War, and even the Revolutionary War. It would appear that the most pressing reason that this White House wants to change that precedent is to impress foreign leaders and the ACLU.
There is only one body that could block President Obama from following through on this path - the United States Congress.
The bill in Congress that has gained the most ground on the issue is HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, which would "Require the approval of the relevant State governor and legislature" before any enemy combatant could be transferred to their state. Very simply, it would give the people of any state the right to say NO to President Obama.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told the chairmen of the relevant committees to keep it bottled up. She and her leadership team know this bill would pass if it came up for a fair vote.
The only way for a bill to be heard on the House floor if it is being held hostage in committee is through a discharge petition.
The discharge petition on HR 2294 currently has the signatures of 170 House members. With 48 more members it would be forced to a vote on the House floor.
Back in December, the Republican Chairmen of the counties of WNC called on Congressman Shuler to take a stand on the right side of history by standing up to Pelosi and signing the petition.
However, as the Times-News reported on December 8th, Shuler has stayed silent: "Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, will not reveal his stand on whether the 9/11 terrorists should be tried in New York".
And when they pressed further for even a hint of a stand, they reported that: "When asked about the congressman's feelings about whether the 9/11 suspects should be tried in a civilian court in court in the U.S. or by a military tribunal, Abrahms (Shuler's spokesman) said, "It's not an issue Congress is weighing in on."
Actually, it is an issue that 170 Congressmen have very much weighed in on - Shuler just isn't one of them.
Please Call Congressman Shuler at (202) 225-6401 or (828) 252-1651.
Let him know you that YOU have a position on this issue and that you want him to stand up to Pelosi and support HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act.
Paid for by the Henderson County Republican Party
Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Committee