The Unofficial Heath Shuler Forum

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Heath Shuler is our Democratic candidate for Congress in North Carolina's Eleventh District. We know all about his opponent, the failure Charles Taylor, but what do you know about Heath Shuler? And from what you know, what do you think?

As I stated in this Drinking Liberally announcement,

"He's for health care for all Americans, and he's against gay marriage. He's for a fully funded public education system, and he's against a woman's right to choose. He's for strong worker protections, and he's against gun control. He's for environmental protection, and he's against a liberal immigration policy."

"He's a real puzzle and problem for many Asheville liberals and single-issue voters. He's a damned pot of gold when compared to the putrescent Taylor, but he's no progressive. How will you square your liberal values with this social conservative? How can you support the policy areas you agree with, fight against the policy areas you disagree with, and still vigorously support the campaign for Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress?"

In conversations with patriotic liberals and progressives I've seen a lot of head shaking and heard a lot of teeth sucking. There's a crisis of conscience in Asheville's liberal political community.

*melodramatic soliloquy alert*

Will I really cast my vote for an anti-abortion candidate? Will I vote for a man who's against recognizing the long-term relationships of committed couples? How can I? But how can I not? Charles Taylor is an abomination, I can't take two more years of his lies, his greed, and his incompetence, but how can I even find the motivation to vote for this non-liberal Heath Shuler?

*end melodramatic soliloquy*

The good news for all of you Progressives of two minds on Heath Shuler is that now there's a place to go. It's a place to ask questions, give suggestions, hash out your misgivings. It's The Unofficial Heath Shuler Forum, and it's open for business. Created by Asheville political blogging wunderstar, Paul V over at Brainshrub, TUHSF is easy to get to and easy to use. Paul V describes it like this,

"The purpose for this forum is very simple:

Progressives in District 11 need to start talking about Heath Shuler. Let's face it: He's no Liberal.

Shuler is a pro-choice, conservative Democrat who admits to voting for Republicans in the past.

On the other hand, there are lots of fine Democrats who do like him. For example, the North Carolina AFL-CIO and the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council have endorsed him.
Rather than sit around and complain about Shuler's lack of Liberal credentials, myself and several other activists are opening the unofficial Shuler forum.

Let's talk about Shuler. What do we like about him? What do we not like? What does Shuler need to say or do to put us at ease?

More importantly: What does Shuler need to say or do so that Progressives will donate money, time, money, time and money to his campaign?

The site is fresh off the assembly line, and the conversation is ready to begin. Please take a few minutes to go register and leave your initial impressions of Heath Shuler and your thoughts on the Congressional race for NC-11. The Unofficial Heath Shuler Forum will certainly be read by the campaign, so consider it a place not only to figure out your feelings about Shuler but also a place to sound off on issues you believe in. There's bound to be a lot of different opinions, so be civil. The Unofficial Heath Shuler Forum is a civic space intended to create conversation and debate. See you there.


Great job, Screwy.

Sorry I've neglected your diary. Been out sheparding the Pope all morning. Thanks for putting this up. I love the forum and will do what I can to spread the word.

Cons & Libs

I think Conservative and Liberal Democrats can get along just fine, if they try. After all... Democrats, no matter their individual leanings, carry certain principles and beliefs that hold us all together.

For example, I can lean either moderate or conservative on some issues, while other friends of mine are extremely liberal. We get along just fine politically because we know that if we work together, our common principles will win out. We might sometimes disagree, but those differences are no where near as drastic as the differences between Dems and Republicans.

I don't know if that made any sense... I kind of typed this fast so I wouldn't miss Bush talk about the marriage amendment in , like, um, four minutes.


Matt Hill Comer | The Q-triad Blog

It makes perfect sense Matt

Nice job.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


I appreciate your thoughtful comment to this post, and I hope you'll come visit the Shuler Forum. I thought you might be interested in this post at Scrutiny Hooligans re: the Anti-Marriage amendment:


Scrutiny Hooligans -

Yay! I just signed up

That is a very nice forum. I haven't activated my account yet, but I will as soon as we get back from doing the school thing.

Great job and thanks for posting it here. I'm going to link to it on The Southern Dem.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Im In!!!!

Im In on the forum also Dem! Probally get a can of whup a_ _ opened up on me if i didnt register for it!

Great! You need to be there

I'm thinking someone would be hunting you down if you didn't show up.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.