Update – please note that notice was received on Monday, 31 July 2017, that Congressman McHenry is ill and will need to reschedule the event. Thank you for your interest – we will keep you posted!
Friday, July 28, 2017
Dear Buncombe Republicans and our partners in good governance:
Yesterday we received confirmation, that this coming Tuesday, 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry will be holding a town hall meeting (2:00/Land of Sky Shrine Club/39 Spring Cove Road/Swannanoa) for his constituents in the Asheville area. In view of what happened last year, we need to strengthen our conservative presence at the meeting.
From last year’s attendees, the view was something like this – A room full of angry, loud, profane, aggressive, repetitive, disruptive, antagonistic and agenda-driven progressives doing their best to beat the host into submission and/or error. They were unsuccessful.
It is simply not fair for our Republican representative to have to stand that kind of headwind without the support or shelter of friendly faces. This is an opportunity for the BCGOP to step up with action.
Please make an effort to join me and other members of the Executive Board in walking our talk by attending the meeting. We have a strategy to counter the anticipated abuse of the sincere purpose of a town hall meeting – the civil exchange of information between leadership and constituency – for an organized effort to discredit and abuse our representative.
When dealing with emotion-driven antagonists, fighting fire with fire rarely works. Those operating out of anger and darkness draw energy from their success in stimulating like behavior in others. We want to be organized too – but in a different, more creative, and ultimately, more powerful way.
Please come, and before you do, make up a sign. It need not be fancy or perfect or much bigger than a sheet of paper. Put it on cardboard if you have some handy. It need say only one thing –
With those two words, we support our Congressman; state our position; counter the verbal violence of the opposition; and decisively mark the contrast between our approach and that of Brand-X.
Please join us. Please call a friend to join you. Patrick McHenry and his staff need your help. We all do…
Carl Mumpower, Chair
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