For mountain Democrats, the defeat of eight-term Republican Congressman Charles Taylor was a long time coming — 16 years, to be exact.
And it took a political newcomer, former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler, to do it.
Shuler, 34, claimed victory Tuesday night with 123,856 votes to 106,632 for Taylor, with all 298 precincts reporting in unofficial tallies. Shuler collected 53.7 percent of the vote, to 46.3 percent for Taylor.
“We’ve talked about it — how our country deserves better — and it’s going to get better,” Shuler said to raucous Democrats gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville.
Outstanding. Charles Taylor was a joke. I hope that Heath will do us proud.
President Bush introduced Robert Gates on Wednesday afternoon as his nominee to replace Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, saying the country needs a “fresh perspective” on Iraq.
Gates, a former CIA chief, was a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that is making recommendations to Bush on how to proceed in Iraq.
Gates traveled with the panel to Iraq earlier this year, an experience, Bush said, that will enable Gates to come up with “new ideas on how America can achieve our goals in Iraq.”
Gates, 63, said Wednesday he accepted the nomination because “the United States is at war” and the president called.
“I believe the outcome of these conflicts will shape our world for decades to come,” Gates said.
Bush announced Rumsfeld’s departure earlier Wednesday. more
Representative Fisher who has been on my show 3 times (the only politician to have come on my show that many times) has been re-elected. This is a huge win for North Carolina. She is a great representative.
Update (from Susan Fisher’s Camp):
YOU helped re-elect our wonderful NC House Representative Susan Fisher and significantly aided in other victories that will have a profound impact on our community, our state, and our nation. THANK YOU!
Susan received over 15,000 votes and we will be sending her back to Raleigh in January with a RESOUNDING show of support for her strong progressive stance on issues that matter to all of us. The voters of district 114 proved that the politics of division, fear, and dirty tricks CAN be defeated with caring, positive, collaborative, issue-focused and responsive leadership. Thanks to you, Susan will be able to continue her hard work protecting our environment, fighting for affordable health care for all, supporting strong local economies with small, homegrown, clean businesses paying living wages, and ensuring quality education for all children in North Carolina. Your hard work, financial support, and participation made the difference. We left no stone unturned in NC House District 114, and our voters helped elect Heath Shuler to the US Congress, and Van Duncan as our new Sheriff. HURRAH!
MUCH APPRECIATION again to all of the volunteers who have made phone calls, knocked on doors, addressed postcards, hosted events, and otherwise chipped in on the campaign in the past week. This grassroots campaign would not be possible without your help! Appreciation also to all of those who supported the campaign financially, and those who got friends and family out to VOTE for Susan. Thank you.