Ol’ Lumpy’s (Non-)Decision to be (Non-)Announced This MorningBy
Looks like this morning we’ll finally get an answer to the “will he or won’t he” question that’s been bugging people from both sides of the 11th District’s political spectrum. (See update below) Via the Hendersonville Times-News:
The Henderson County Republican Menâ€™s Club will hear a response from former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor at its regular meeting Wednesday.
Last month, the club passed a resolution demanding that Taylor make a decision by today about running for the 11th Congressional District seat he lost to Democrat Heath Shuler in November.
Philip Stanley, president of the Henderson County Republican Men’s Club, said Taylor sent a letter in response. Stanley said he will read an excerpt from the letter and make a public comment. He would not divulge the contents of the letter prior to the meeting.
“I feel the membership must be the first to hear it,” Stanley said.
The club meets at 7:30 a.m at the Opportunity House. Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for the seat, is the speaker.
We’ll be following this story as it develops.
UPDATE: 11th District GOP gets Punk’d by The Lump! We really should have seen this one coming…Â (Again, via HT-N, emphasis mine)
Former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor was vague in his response to the Henderson County Republican Menâ€™s Club about seeking re-election.
The club passed a resolution at its July meeting asking Taylor to make a decision on running for the 11th Congressional District by today. Taylor wrote a brief response to the clubâ€™s president, Philip Stanley, but he did not address the question directly.
Taylor thanked Stanley for his â€œkind remarksâ€ in the letter and for being â€œthere to serve the 11th District.â€ The letter never answered the central question of the club â€” will he run for office.
The letter drew some harsh criticisms from members of the Republican Menâ€™s Club and Stanley.
â€œWe urged Congressman Taylor to speak out by 22 August for those that supported him for 10 election cycles so we know where we stand as a party,â€ Stanley said. â€œIn my opinion, the 11th District and whoever represents us is more important than any one individual. We have waited long enough in extending our consideration to Mr. Taylor to think it over. Perhaps itâ€™s time to disconnect and go away?â€