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Jeff Hunt Rumor Surfaces in Print

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rumor.jpgScrutiny Hooligans broke the story that Jeff Hunt was considering a run for Heath Shuler’s Congressional seat in 2008. As Charles Taylor neither shat nor got off his pot for months, both Hunt and the other erstwhile challenger, Tom Apodaca, decided they couldn’t wait around for the inert Taylor. They both jumped ship, but an article in yesterday’s Hendersonville Times-News suggests that Hunt and Apodaca are having second thoughts.

“There is also the chance that the Republican primary field in 11th Congressional District is not finalized. Some have speculated that District Attorney Jeff Hunt or state Sen. Tom Apodaca might jump into the race with Taylor bowing out.

“I think it will be a big question if either of them throw their names into the hat,” Armor said.”

If I were Hunt, I’d definitely jump into the race. The less-than-stellar trio running now would likely wilt under his massive fundraising possibilities. Hunt is a part of the Charles Taylor political machine and could ask him to call in hundreds of favors accumulated over his 16 disgraceful years in Congress.

With quotes like these in the HT-N, it seems impossible we won’t get more choices:

“It think it is helpful for him [Taylor] to have made a decision,” Mumpower said. “It cleared some of the fog. And fog can distract from a campaign.”
“Armor said he is the most experienced candidate and has worked at all three levels of government. He said he was confident he could defeat Shuler in a face-to-face debate.

“I will beat Heath Shuler like a rented mule,” Armor said.
“”I am coming at this a political unknown,” Campbell said. “My gut feeling is people are responding to my message.”

For those of you keeping score:

  • Mumpower = fog
  • Armor = mule
  • Campbell = gut

Apodaca never really made any serious noises about running, so I’m doubting the likelihood of either of them jumping in, assuming instead that this question from the reporter is just an example of operating from news that is so four months ago.

It’s good to stay on top of this sort of thing though. One never knows when a protege will flip-flop and invent a Taylor 2.0 machine to create a new generation of bad advertisements and smears. Otherwise we’ll settle for watching fog, mule, or gut vie for the privilege of getting his ass handed to him by Deputy Whip Largely.


And There Was Much Rejoicing

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charles-taylor-dancing.jpgAll indications had disgraced former Representative Charles Taylor withdrawing from the race. He was soundly defeated by Shuler last November. Months ago he shut down the traditional fundraising arm of his operation. No one has been calling on him to run again. The rank-and-file Republican Party members have publicly expressed their frustration over Taylor’s unwillingness to declare his intentions.

I’m sure there’s a little context missing, but I’m also sure you can invent the questions that elicited this response from Taylor to AC-T journalist, Clarke Morrison:

“What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?” [Taylor] said. “I’ve got my own agenda now. I’ve got lots of business I have to look after. I may take a look at it the future.”

There have been lots of Republicans who wish Taylor would have told them his “agenda” months ago. Both Tom Apodaca and Jeff Hunt looked at running but couldn’t wait on Taylor to get off his lumpy throne. The two recognized that, with Taylor’s coquettish strategy of waiting to see if Shuler would flame out or get recruited for a Senate run, they wouldn’t be able to raise the money necessary to effectively challenge Big Heath.

Scrutiny Hooligans are glad to see that Charles has finally decided to end his evasive, diffident, cynical non-candidacy in favor of all that “business” he has to “look after”. Whether he’s in Russia clearcutting forests or in Brevard managing the Bi-Lo, we wish Charles Taylor a peaceful retirement into western North Carolina history. In honor of the occasion, and with the knowledge that it may arguably be the last time I’ll can use them topically – Here are “Desperation” and “Peanut Butter Charlie Time”:


The Return of the Lump??!

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It’s a good thing that at least one of the ScruHoo crew are sticking around town this weekend, monitoring RSS feeds in between brining turkey breasts and other holiday prepwork, not to mention occasional Wii breaks… the inimitable Ashvegas has the scoop on the possible return of an all-too-familiar face:

It appears that former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor might be prepared to break his silence over whether he’ll run again next year for the 11th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, who upset Taylor in last year’s elections.

Taylor announced today that his annual fund-raising holiday dinner would be held Dec. 8 at the Grove Park Inn at 7 p.m. The announcement also notes that  Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney have been invited to speak. Taylor’s folks say Huckabee has accepted and Thompson is a good possibility. That’s some serious star power.

The last several months, Taylor has angered some members of his own party by not yet announcing his intentions earlier. Several other Republican candidates have stepped in to fill the perceived void. Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower, former Henderson County GOP official Spence Campbell and lawyer John Armor have all said they’re running for the GOP nomination and the chance to take on Shuler.

Charles Taylor, you complete us! Like Moriarty to Sherlock Holmes, like Mr. Pibb to Dr. Pepper, like Wo Fat to Steve McGarrett (look it up), maybe we need the additional dramatic element of an arch-nemesis to make things a little more exciting around here! (Okay, my wife just told me that I’m being silly and that I should probably go to bed…)

Anyway, click here to check out the rest of Ash’s post. He’s standing by his prediction that Taylor will run again. We’re not so sure over here, for several reasons that I would love to get into but can’t right now because I’ve been awake since 4:30 this morning and Mr. Sandman is currently beating the crap out of me. Time will tell. The kibble that we have on Taylor has made its own gravy by now, and we’ll have no problem serving it up again if necessary.

armor.jpgJohn Armor has thrown his hat into a ring already crowded with Army of Mumpower and Spence Campbell. Armor’s announcement is no surprise, as he hinted about a run as early as April.

Armor is Scrutiny Hooligans’ favorite freeper Republican. That’s primarily because he’s willing to associate with us at all and was the first Congressional candidate in NC’s 11th district to sit down for an interview last year. Mr. Armor has since spent time with Hooligans at Drinking Liberally with his charming fiancee and gave an exclusive interview to WNCNN at the 11th District Republican Convention. Armor lost to Charles Taylor in the primary last go ’round 82% – 18%, but we’re giving him much better odds this time.

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As late as a month and a half ago all signs were pointing toward a Taylor v. Shuler rematch in 2008, but a simple and quiet banking transaction seems to indicate otherwise. reports thusly:

Is former GOP Rep. Charles Taylor officially not running for re-election?

Taylor, who lost to Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C) last year, had been coy about his future plans, angering many of the GOP activists in the district. For a while, no GOP candidates announced, waiting for Taylor to decide whether to run again. Two leading Republican recruits opted not to run.

The Henderson County Republican Party even took down their website to protest Taylor’s indecision. (The only candidate to announce is Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower, who is seen as a long-shot candidate.) [Ed.: I guess Politico hasn’t heard about Spence Campbell yet, or they don’t care.]

But now Taylor officially has closed out his campaign account, and donated the remaining $4,132.39 to the Education and Research Consortium of Western North Carolina, Inc.

It now may be too late for other Republicans to decide to jump in. If a viable challenger doesn’t emerge soon, Shuler may be able to credit his former opponent for helping his re-election bid.

Well, the ERC, which you may recall is headed by Taylor’s nephew (who is also an executive at Blue Ridge Savings Bank), had already received some $30 million in earmarks while Taylor was in office. What’s another four grand?

Jeez, even what could be construed as good news – the closest to an official statement that Taylor isn’t running again that we’re probably going to get – still smells like nepotism, cronyism and corruption from where we’re standing.

UPDATE: saw the comment I left and updated their article. However, it looks like they’re standing by the last sentence.

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The Mump Vs. The Lump?

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketDr. Carl Mumpower, Asheville City Councilman and Army of One, declared himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for NC’s 11th Congressional District. He’s alone in the race right now, but it’s likely that he’ll have a corrupt, lumpy opponent in disgraced former Congressman Charles H. Taylor.

AC-T: “In a news release, Mumpower said he is committed to what he defines as “essential issues” as the foundation of his “principles over politics” approach to public service.

Some of those issues include, “securing our borders, resisting a ballooning national debt, challenging Washington’s indulgence of special interests, reducing bureaucratic strangulation of our education, business and health care systems, redirecting our energies in the fight against the harms of hard drugs and focusing on enforcement of existing laws over the creation of new ones,” the news release states.

Mumpower said his mission is “to establish an independent and authentic conservative voice as our representative in Washington.”

“I want the people of WNC to know my name, that I am running for Congress, and where I stand on the issues,” Mumpower said in the news release. “They will take it from there.”

Carl Mumpower has made a name for himself by declaring a War on Hippies, stealing a crack rock from a dealer in the Asheville ghetto, urging citizens to take photographs of homeless people in order to have them properly harassed, decrying all things immigrant, and popularizing a form of psychological warfare known as “low-talking”.

mumpower.jpgLike his supporters on the AC-T comment threads, Dr. Mumpower calls progressives socialists. He speaks of “Open Air Drug Markets” being one of the greatest threats to our society. Mumpower has stood on a pedestal of legal immigration advocacy, despite the fact that city neighborhood forums listed the issue among the least of Asheville residents’ concerns.

Should Chainsaw Charlie choose to enter the race, he’ll be facing an opponent with whom he agrees on most everything. The stark difference will be that Charles Taylor is a corrupt, greedy, lying disgrace, while Dr. Mumpower is simply a principled ultra-conservative out-of-step with all but a select group of rabid Republicans in the district.

I’ll take the principled, honest fringe candidate over the unprincipled multimillionaire con artist any day of the week. Welcome to the race Dr. Mumpower. We’re happy to talk about issues, but you can expect a healthy dose of Hooliganism as well.

UPDATE: audio of Mumpower’s announcment. Feel the Mumentum!

You can congratulate Carl by emailing him:

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketWord around town is that Charles “The Lump” Taylor may be announcing a bid to unseat Heath Shuler. In the interest of urging Congressman Taylor not to run, Scrutiny Hooligans bring you a lengthy, though by no means comprehensive, rundown of Charles Taylor’s stances on important issues.

On Veterans:

“voted for final passage of a $2.6 trillion budget conference report that cut funding for veterans’ health care by $13.5 billion over five years (HR 95, Vote #149, 4/28/2005)

voted against a budget proposal that would have increased veterans’ health care by $2.9 billion (HRS 95, Vote #82, 3/17/2005)

voted against an amendment to the Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs funding bill to add $53 million for veterans’ health care (HR 2528, Vote #224, 5/26/2005)

voted against a proposal to the Fiscal 2005 Appropriations bill to increase funding for military health care by $100 million (HR 1268, Vote #76, 3/16/2005)”

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Apodaca’s Out

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Looks like everyone’s favorite dramatically backlit State Senator is backing away from his tentative plan to challenge Congressman Shuler next November. Here’s his press release, jacked from Jordan Schrader’s Capital Letters AC-T blog:


Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Tom Apodaca, has announced he will not seek the 11th district congressional seat.

Apodaca said he has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have encouraged him to run for Congress. Although Apodaca feels this congressional seat will definitely be in play in 2008, he believes that returning to Raleigh would be the best thing for his district.

“My family, friends, and supporters have been wonderful in their overwhelming encouragement for me to run. As of now, I’m in a position to do more for western North Carolina in Raleigh than I would be in Washington. I have made a commitment to my State Senate colleagues and my constituents by serving in a leadership role and I need to fulfill that responsibility.”

For addition information contact Senator Apodaca at his district office at (828) 696-0574.

Senator Apodaca thinks that John Boyle would make a fine candidate for the congressional seat.

As much as we like the idea of John Boyle running for Congress, the “Taylor Inevitability” looks like it’s one step closer to rearing its ugly, corrupt, amoral head. Stay tuned…


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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAshvegas caught the final post at the Henderson County GOP website.  Dennis Justice, who says he’s run the site for seven years, has had it with disgraced former Congressman Charles Taylor’s coy antics, and he’s quitting.

“Effective immediately, I am resigning as webmaster of the Henderson County Republican Website.”

NC-11 Republicans, so long held together by Charles Taylor’s lumpy glue, have spun apart in recent months. With the prospect of facing a popular one-term incumbent, the Republicans have fractured into Stompers, Takeoverers, Taylor acolytes, and anti-Taylor rank-and-file. There’s so much sniping going on in public and private that it can be hard to keep up. Thankfully, Mr. Justice gives us an insider’s look into their self-inflicted suffering:

I will, under zero circumstances, vote for Charles Taylor if he is the Republican nominee for Congress in 2008. His insulting non-answer to the party when expressly asked whether he would run or not against Congressman Heath Shuler is not acceptable. Congressman Shuler had entered the race in July 2005, and certainly we should know by now if Taylor would run. Several possible candidates with gravitas are considering running and are held hostage out of respect that is honestly not deserved, much like Brett Favre holds the Green Bay Packers hostage the last four years hinting he might retire, but never actually committing.
He has shown far less respect for potential challengers than they showed him.

Since I cannot support Mr. Taylor, there is no reason for me to run this website.

If he is the Republican nominee, I will write my own name in as a write-in in protest, consequences be damned.

Hooligans have been saying the same thing for a while now. We’d like to see an honest conservative who wanted an issue-based campaign make the run and in the process elevate the political discourse in this area to a level of dignity that’s been totally absent throughout Taylor’s reign of poorly produced smear ads and outright lies.
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“District Attorney Jeff Hunt said today he will not seek the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler in the 11th congressional district.” –

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJeff Hunt was gung ho to run when we met him in the spring though he was waiting on disgraced former Congressman Charles Taylor to bow out first. Hunt’s announcement yesterday coupled with Taylor’s coy non-answers to the Henderson County Republican Men’s Club make it look like we’re going to have to endure another season of Taylor’s poorly produced smear ads and outright lies.

The rumor mill says that Tom Apodaca won’t run because his wife is reluctant. Carl Mumpower could give it a shot, but you’ve seen how well Asheville candidates do out in the hinterlands.

Hunt really wanted to run.

Charles Taylor… Are ya sure, Charles? Are you sure? Because you’re looking at a 61-39 loss this time unless you have photographs of Heath having group sex with Cindy Sheehan, Al Sharpton, and Larry Craig. You’re going to put yourself through the wringer, further blackening your karma, having to deal with agitators – For what?