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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Henderson County GOP Ad Buy:
Is Heath Shuler With You or the ACLU?

It looks like the henderson County GOP is taking the lead in taking on Congressman Shuler this campaign cycle. I've received a Press Release from Robert Danos of the Henderson County GOP:

Ad campaign in the Hendersonville Times-News, the Tryon Daily Bulletin, and the Smoky Mountain News all this week.

While the Obama Administration is dropping the ball on the War on Terror, the GOP is asking the voters to demand that Heath Shuler take action.

The White House wants to give the 9/11 terrorists civilian trials - a decision that is both dangerous and unnecessary. Enemy combatants are not due the rights of the Constitution and the people of the states should have the right to say"NO" to having these terrorists housed or tried in their state.

HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, would give the people of any state the right to say NO to President Obama.

But Heath Shuler won't support it. He has refused even to say where he stands on the issue - and if he isn't standing against the White House then he is supporting it with his silence.

The White House also is continuing to send detainees back to countries like Yemen, who have proven they are incapable of preventing them from returning to the war on the U.S. There is a bill in the House to halt those transfers - and yet, Shuler is silent on that as well.

There are bills to cut off any funding for the closure of Guantanamo and the transfer of the detainees to US soil - and yet, Shuler is silent on that as well.

This ad buy represents our commitment to getting Shuler off of the sidelines on these crucial issues.

Is Heath Shuler with You or the ACLU?

A strong majority of voters in WNC know that the Obama Administration's decision to give the 9/11 terrorists a civilian trial, in the heart of New York City, is both dangerous and unnecessary.

We have used military tribunals to try enemy combatants for war crimes going back to WWII, the Civil War, and even the Revolutionary War. It would appear that the most pressing reason that this White House wants to change that precedent is to impress foreign leaders and the ACLU.

There is only one body that could block President Obama from following through on this path - the United States Congress.

The bill in Congress that has gained the most ground on the issue is HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, which would "Require the approval of the relevant State governor and legislature" before any enemy combatant could be transferred to their state. Very simply, it would give the people of any state the right to say NO to President Obama.

However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told the chairmen of the relevant committees to keep it bottled up. She and her leadership team know this bill would pass if it came up for a fair vote.

The only way for a bill to be heard on the House floor if it is being held hostage in committee is through a discharge petition.

The discharge petition on HR 2294 currently has the signatures of 170 House members. With 48 more members it would be forced to a vote on the House floor.

Back in December, the Republican Chairmen of the counties of WNC called on Congressman Shuler to take a stand on the right side of history by standing up to Pelosi and signing the petition.

However, as the Times-News reported on December 8th, Shuler has stayed silent: "Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, will not reveal his stand on whether the 9/11 terrorists should be tried in New York".

And when they pressed further for even a hint of a stand, they reported that: "When asked about the congressman's feelings about whether the 9/11 suspects should be tried in a civilian court in court in the U.S. or by a military tribunal, Abrahms (Shuler's spokesman) said, "It's not an issue Congress is weighing in on."

Actually, it is an issue that 170 Congressmen have very much weighed in on - Shuler just isn't one of them.

Please Call Congressman Shuler at (202) 225-6401 or (828) 252-1651.

Let him know you that YOU have a position on this issue and that you want him to stand up to Pelosi and support HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act.

Paid for by the Henderson County Republican Party
Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Committee