At Saturday's Karl Rove Memorial 11th District Republican convention, no one could answer the question: "Will Taylor step aside?" So, of course, no one would answer the question: "If he does, who will run" against Democrat Heath Shuler?
However when Screwy Hoolie and I finally pinned him down, District Attorney Jeff Hunt, admitted that if 8-term former Congressman Charles Taylor doesn't run in 2008, "I'm at least looking very closely at it."
Watch him discuss his potential candidacy in this short video and hear him talk about why Republicans lost the Congressional seat they'd held for 16 years. You'll want to listen to the end to where he brings up the H-word and proudly compares Republicans to termites.
Also of note: Hunt tops the list of the Board of Directors of a new federal registered PAC called West Wins. Too young to have filed FEC financial disclosure reports, this is from the groups' website:
West Wins is a group of Republican workers who are dedicated to winning the 2008 governorship of North Carolina, winning back the 11th congressional seat, keeping our other congressional seats and our US Senate seats and winning offices from the Courthouse to the White House!
West Wins recognizes the need for Western North Carolina to unite to accomplish these goals. We are currently operating with a skeleton staff and dedicated volunteers. Our expertise and experience is well rooted in successful campaigns of WNC Republican candidates.
In case you're inclined to dismiss this organization due to its youth, consider these facts:
- Its board includes Republican leaders from all three Western North Carolina DistrictsIncumbent
- 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx keynotes their May 5 "Campaign Kickoff Reception and Dinner (i.e., fundraiser)
- They've mass mailed donation requests that start at $200 and range up to $2400.
- They've instituted a sophisticated district-wide letter-to-the-editor campaign.
And, whether Taylor runs again or not, Hunt clearly plans to continue to be a major player in the upcoming Congressional race. Now one question remains: Will Taylor step aside early enough to give Hunt enough time to build name recognition -- his biggest deficit in this potential contest against the increasingly influential Shuler.