We had some fun in this space last year at Democrat Rep. Heath Shuler’s expense when he was running against the bumbling incumbent Charles Taylor for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. And some were skeptical when Shuler claimed he was pro-life. But it turns out that the former Washington Redskins quarterback is keeping that promise (as are three other new Democrats) — at least according to Focus on the Family’s lobbying arm:
“Based on their voting records in the 110th so far,” (FOTFA policy analyst Ashley) Horne said, “we’ve got four freshmen lawmakers in the House who have voted consistently pro-life.”
They are Reps. Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Charlie Wilson of Ohio, and (Shuler). Shuler told Family News in Focus he was clear about his intent from the start.
“I actually sat down with Leader Pelosi at the time and told her about my viewpoints and told her that we would differ on a few issues,” he said. “I said, ‘You’ll always know how I’ll vote on the life issues. I’m pro-life now and I’ll always be pro-life.”
FOTF notes that with the new Democratic leadership, however, there haven’t been a whole lot of opportunities to test these new Dems.
Side note: A Republican city councilman from Asheville, Carl Mumpower, announced last week that he would challenge Shuler next year. This will be a tough seat for the GOP to win back given Shuler’s stance on social issues, which play well in the far western counties of North Carolina. Mumpower is a well-known conservative around Asheville but not so much in the rural mountains.