**update** 10.06 AM Mumpower was interviewed on WWNC-AM this morning, and I recorded the interview.
Here are two Press Releases from the Mumpower e-Express:
July 12, 2008
From: Carl Mumpower, 11th District GOP Congressional Candidate
To: Mr. Steve Duncan, 11th District Chair
Subject: Principles First Campaign
Dear Mr. Duncan:
As you know, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has defined the 11th District to be a “frontline race”. I am looking forward to an accelerating campaign that finds us earning versus purchasing a seat in Congress. To that end, it is my belief that as Republicans, we must reestablish a foundation of trust and authenticity with the conservative and independent voters of Western North Carolina. There is a keen and widespread belief, that at a local, state, and especially national level, the GOP has betrayed promises made to the American people. I believe that reestablishing our credibility with the voters is and should be Job One and would offer the following observations-
* When you have no party operating from principles, then the party with the least principles will win.
* That is why the Democrats are successfully using an appeal to people’s selfish interests as a ticket to power.
* Unless we Republicans return to being Republicans, America’s drift toward big government socialism will continue.
* The Republican Party has a defined platform of principles that have been sacrificed to power and other priorities.
* There are many in the 11th District who wish to ‘unite and ignite’ our party around the core principles of being careful with other people’s money, keeping people big and government small, and protecting the sanctity of America.
* It is our responsibility to uphold and ground our own party – not a Democrat party kidnapped by extremists and special interests.
* Job Two, successfully challenging Heath Shuler, requires the foundation of Job One. Without that foundation, I will be just another puppet for a corrupt party – like our current congressman.
With these concerns in mind, I am formally requesting the following-
* That a majority of counties in the 11th district commit to a renewed dedication to our core principles.
* That each develop a sincere process for challenging local, state, and national Republican elected officials on votes that sidestep or otherwise betray our core guiding principles.
* That these communications be shared with the District Chair, me, and others at each county’s discretion.
Effectively immediately, my direct fight against Heath Shuler will be on the back burner until the Republican Party has achieved a rededicated focus in the 11th District. At that point it will no longer be necessary for me to publically challenge my elected colleagues, as there will be a persisting and credible system in place that will help assure accountability by our Republican elected officials. I can then focus my full attention on holding Congressman Shuler accountable for the mismatch between his words and actions and unprincipled efforts to purchase a seat in Congress. I welcome your help and assistance with each of these goals.
11th District Republican Congressional Candidate
Principles of the Republican Party
I’m a Republican Because…
I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.
I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.
I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.
“I will always place principle before party, power, or popularity – and take the heat that comes with that position.”
Carl Mumpower – 11th District Republican Congressional Candidate
Then the second one:
Mumpower Puts Congressional Campaign On Hold
In a Saturday open letter to 11th District GOP officials, Congressional candidate Carl Mumpower has taken the unusual step of putting his campaign on hold, calling a “Principles First” campaign to be Job One. Stepping away from his fight against Shuler in the interest of the betterment of the Republican Party is courageous, considering that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has called this contest “a frontline race”.
Mumpower says that Job One has always been to unite and ignite his party around their stated principles – most of which center on being careful with other people’s money, keeping people big and government small, and protecting the sanctity of America. “In that there has been no timely action on an earlier call toward principles, it falls on me to press for action,” says Mumpower. “Without that foundation, I will be just another puppet for a corrupt party – like our current Congressman.”
“When no party is operating from principles, then the party with the least principles will win,” notes Mumpower. “The Democrats are successfully appealing to people’s selfish interests as a ticket to power. Unless we Republicans return to being Republicans, America’s drift toward big government socialism will continue. Republican leaders and elected officials have been sidestepping their principles and courage buttons for years. Hopefully, this will be a refresher course on the good things that can happen when one voice refuses to give into the herd running toward a cliff.”
“To this end, I am asking for a majority of counties in the 11th district to commit to our guiding principles and develop their own process for challenging local, state, and national Republican elected officials on votes that ignore those principles,” said Mumpower. “Until we get that commitment in place, campaign efforts with Republican organizations are on hold. WNC will know shortly whether the Republican Party of this District is going to stand for something voters can count on or not.”
“The fight for ‘Principles First’ can begin here and now in the 11th District,” says Mumpower. “We will unite and get back to our roots, or I will fail knowing that I tried. Not until this fight is out of the way will I focus my full attention on holding Congressman Shuler accountable for the mismatch between his promises and actions.”
Carl Mumpower – 11th District Republican Congressional Candidate
Principles before party, power, or popularity – always.
Mumpower is correct. The Republican Party nationwide has shirked from standing on principles, and as a result (deservedly so), lost it’s majority in Congress. Aside from The Hit Men who are removing RINOs from office by convincing them to “take early retirement”, I see little evidence the party leadership has changed.
Locally, some of the party leadership took umbrage at Mumpower’s stand that Bush had not fulfilled his oath of office when it came to Illegal Immigration. I am glad these people have exposed themselves so the party members can work on elected new leaders when the time comes in Polk and Jackson Counties.
While I do not agree with Mumpower on every issue, I am assured that he will follow his principles, and not the dictates of corrupt party interests.