President Trump is standing strong – it’s our turn!

Mr. President – We Have Your Back!


From the chair – Last night’s televised effort to address the what, why and how of the unfolding border protection drama can be summed in one word – Presidential. Our country’s C.E.O. was compelling, factual, courageous, dignified, passionate and reasoned from start to finish. In the face of unrelenting criticism, deception and bias, his courage under fire is nothing short of remarkable.

The contrasting presentation by his opposition was remarkable for different reasons. Their wooden, dishonest, inconsistent, and disingenuous countering view was widely panned for good reason – their’s was a mission of malice vs. leadership. If a picture says a thousand words – or clarifies the question of the underlying lightness or darkness – this picture has lots to say.

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind Buncombe’s Republicans that our President is out on a limb. He needs your help and support. Whether it’s writing a letter to the editor, letting him know, calling into a radio station, contributing to his campaign or your party, of encouraging our representatives to stay strong behind him, please take a moment to add your good touch to this momentous moment in the history of your people.

We have a man in office who is taking the risks of being truthful, not kicking the can endlessly down the road, and refusing to pretend that Progressive-Democratic-Socialist calls for “unity” are about anything but “give in to our will.”

The number of calls we have received on the BCGOP phone since yesterday have been amazing – so has what those callers have said. To a man and woman they have called to share how proud they are of our President and that they are behind him.

We know you are too – and wanted to ask if there’s a way to turn that good will into good action? It’s our turn…

With gratitude,

Carl Mumpower, Chair – the Buncombe GOP family


Why be a Republican?
Because we get The American Success Equation – Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity.
We don’t pretend that skipping ingredients will produce the same results.


Nor does our President…

BCGOP Chair writes the President…

Yesterday, the current Buncombe Republican Party Chair shared a letter with the BCGOP Executive Committee that among other things noted he would not be seeking reelection to that post.

Today, out of that decision, he sent a letter to President Trump. We thought you might enjoy what was shared.


January 3rd, 2019

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump:

Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to serve as chair of the local Republican Party. That tenure is fast approaching its conclusion, and there are a number of people I need to thank. You are at the top of my list.

First off, thank you for motivating me to step toward this responsibility.  My initial decision to run was in direct response to your election. I saw in you a man with the unique potential to act on the word you gave as a candidate – and that potential merited support. Thank you for validating that hope. I know of no President in my lifetime – including Ronald Reagan – who has demonstrated more perseverance, sacrifice, and honesty in attempting to be in office what he said he would be in his campaign.

Thank you for your creativity. I find the way you bedazzle entrenched bureaucrats, unprincipled politicians, biased media pundits and insincere world leaders extraordinarily effective and refreshing.

Thank you also for being a game changer. You have shown patriotic Americans something many have lost sight of – one person can make a difference. Indeed, you are personification of a core American reality – one man or woman at the right time in the right place doing the right thing has always made the best differences.

Thank you for refusing to discard the American Success Equation. Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity has defined the American Dream from our inception. How fortunate we are to have a chief executive officer who gets the specialness of this formula and who refuses to pretend we can leave out ingredients and achieve the same outcome.

Thank you for putting so much on the table to secure our borders. Thank you for your understanding of the monumental importance of grounding our immigration policy in reason and the rule of law versus corruption and postponement. Thank you for understanding that we need secure borders for the same reason people lock their doors and former Presidents build walls around mansions.

Thank you for putting your principles, platform and promises above popularity and for giving conservative leaders and voters a reason to reengage and fight back. We are blessed to have someone at the helm who is more concerned with the rocks ahead than making sure the brass is catching the sun’s reflection.

Thank you for being willing to frustrate, disappoint, anger, irritate, intimidate and ignore when it is right to do so. Thank you for just as surely being willing to engage, befriend, encourage, respect, back-up and love when those skills are important.

Thank you for your courage. Though – like all human beings – you have fear, doubt, hurt, anger, selfish, and worry buttons, it is clear your courage button is bigger.

Above all else, thank you for your time, energy, and family sacrifices. In your eyes and actions, I see a man with the mileage to know these are the essence of life. Thank you giving them to us so selflessly.

In close, I appreciate the opportunity to thank you for stepping forward to run and serve as our nation’s leader. Though you are persistently disparaged, misjudged and ridiculed for your motives and methods, it has been my privilege to witness in you an eclipsing mark of nobility. Unlike so many of your peers and antagonists, you understood before you started that the Presidency was a daunting responsibility – not a validating prize.  And you stepped forward anyway…

With gratitude,

Carl Mumpower, Chair – The Buncombe County Republican Party family

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save


Current BCGOP Chair’s tenure to end March 2nd…

-from the desk of-

Carl Mumpower, Chair

Buncombe County Republican Party of North Carolina

One Oak Plaza – Suite 309

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

(828) 252-8390 ~ ~ Buncombe

January 2nd, 2019

From:   Carl Mumpower, Chair

To:       Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Board

Subj:    Upcoming convention and election

Dear Board Members:

It’s been a little shy of two years since we assumed our respective leadership roles with the Buncombe Republican Party. It has been an honor to join with you in representing our community’s 46,000 Republicans. I am especially grateful for the many volunteers who understood and embraced our two central themes – unity and stepping around the negative toward the positive with a full measure of energy, creativity and sincerity.

The initial decision to run for the Chair’s position centered largely on one pivotal political event – the election of our current President. In this gentleman there was potential for an elected official who would uniquely attempt to fulfill the promises upon which he campaigned. That potential has been validated – and I am indebted for the opportunity to generate support for President Trump and our Republican representatives in Washington, Raleigh and elsewhere. We are indeed fortunate to have such special people serving under such trying circumstances.

Approaching the completion of my tenure, I have made the decision to clear the way for new leadership and shift to other responsibilities. Come Saturday, March 2nd, we will hold our county convention at our secured location in the Buncombe County Courthouse. At that time, we will elect and get behind a new team to carry the BCGOP forward as a crucial bridge between the 10th & 11th Districts.

In the interim two months we will press on with enthusiasm and strengthen the foundation for those who will come later. It is my hope that volunteers who have supported my personal efforts over the past two years will carry that commitment forward with our new leadership team.

I remain grateful for the many Republicans who have aided in building on the good works of our predecessors. It was important work – for today’s Republican Party truly stands as the only organized political movement capable of countering the expanding harmful extremes of our opposition. Together, we have had many special moments, opportunities and impacts in support of that special mission.

With gratitude,

Carl Mumpower, Chair – The Buncombe County GOP family


Why be a Republican? Because we get The American Success Equation.

Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity

And we don’t pretend that skipping ingredients produces the same results…

Buncombe Republican volunteers ring for Salvation Army…

Second Christmas of stepping up for the Salvation Army!


One of our community’s most productive charities is the Salvation Army. This faith-based organization is a little bit of everywhere doing a little bit of everything!

You may not know that being a Christian charity in Asheville is not an easy undertaking. They are reliably excluded from the mainstream non-profit fund raising organizations. All too often they face “progressive” thinking ironically antagonistic to the Salvation Army’s impact on enumerable numbers of impoverished and otherwise disadvantaged folks.

Last year the Buncombe Republican family decided to put our feet where our heart was and help the Salvation Army by ringing the bell outside of Sam’s Club (always nice and always open to the Salvation Army’s army of bell-ringing volunteers). We were back this year to cover the full day on Saturday.

Here’s the note from our secretary to our volunteers – Good morning BCGOP “Santa Helpers” 🎅  Me Again 🙂 Just a reminder, we are scheduled to ring the Salvation Army Bell tomorrow- Saturday, Dec. 22nd at SAM’S Club off Patton Ave. Last year, The BCGOP raised approx. $2200 for this most worthy cause! I have attached the schedule. Everything will be set up when you relieve the person ahead of you. All you have to do is ring the bell and be happy and friendly- have fun! We do not touch the money if folks try to hand it to us. We simply ask them to put it in the pot. There will be a ruler-like stick available to push the money down in the slot if any money is sticking up. There will also be several bells available for those who have family joining in. Thanks again for EVERYTHING you continue to do! Merry Christmas, Linda

That precious picture above our caption is of Cindy Davidson and her daughter Chrissy Loveday, Isaac Loveay (7), Eli Loveday (5). What a great family! To the left and right are pictures of Scott Skjoldager and his wonderful family and volunteer extraordinaire Ken Hawkins. Many thanks to all of the Buncombe volunteers who helped make this a fun and productive day adding something back to our community.

P.S. – As the year comes to an end, it may be a good time to consider your charitable donations. May we recommend the Salvation Army as a special group that needs extra help in our unique community!

Please keep this BCGOP volunteer holiday activity in mind for next Christmas. We’d love to have you with us!


“I grew up poor, but I didn’t really know it because of amazing places like the Salvation Army where we got a lot of our Christmas presents from.”  Trey Songz



It’s Past Time to Heal America’s Portal to Infection…

Celebrating those attempting to protect our borders…


From the chair – I’m married to a nurse. Like most nurses, wherever she goes she tries to make things better. That soft touch is a constant reminder that women do indeed ‘civilize the world.’

One of her much-repeated efforts toward that end is the gentle reminder that cuts, scrapes and burns are, “a portal for infection.”

That doesn’t mean that every boo-boo will necessarily result in bacterial disaster, just that in the face of an open wound, the potentials for such go up. Unintentional injury to our skin’s border can create a ‘portal’ for unintentional consequences.

All portals are not bad – penetrations of our body’s self-protective shell can be good and necessary. A vaccine can prevent illness, surgery can heal a cancer, and pulling a bad tooth can stop infection and ease pain.

The goodness or badness is largely determined around whether the intrusion comes out of chaos – an unplanned spider bite – or purposeful activity – an IV antibiotic infusion necessary to treating the escalating infection of a spider bite.

Everything you just read has direct application to what can be argued as America’s greatest domestic concern – our porous borders as an inarguable portal for infection.

Everything about what is happening on our southern border is mired in chaos. Our immigration policies are broken, inconsistently upheld and reliably confused.  Border security is at best a temporary inconvenience to those seeking to steal their way intro America. Those who succeed are not much-needed engineers, scientists or health care providers. With predictability, they are poor, uneducated, and ill-equipped. They are mothers with children whose capacity to contribute to their host country is, for an extended period of time, dramatically overshadowed by their need to depend on the generosity of that country.

America has always been a beacon to the world. We will continue to be so, but the key to our historical success has been managed immigration framed in manageable numbers.

Prior to the last 3 decades, our historic number of immigrations per year from all sources approximated 250,000.  Support, training and assimilation were realistic goals. Now, we are absorbing 4,5, or 6 times that number per year and providing tons of support, but little or no training and assimilation. People are not coming to America, they are stealing their way into America.

Out of what is arguably the greatest criminal conspiracy in our country’s history – supported equally by human traffickers, unscrupulous employers, do-little politicians, judges who legislate from the bench, progressive enablers and others who otherwise benefit from porous borders – has come a flood of unintentional consequences.

Thirty-percent of the inmates in our Federal jails are illegal aliens. Over half of all immigrants – both legal and illegal – receive welfare, food stamps, or other safety net resources through direct eligibility or an anchor baby. Speaking of such, per the Washington Times, approximately twenty-five percent of the children in our public schools come from immigrant families. In one state, California, the bill for healthcare for illegal aliens is fast approaching ten billion a year. Those who suggest illegal aliens are paying their way apparently don’t know that half of these folks are women and children. Nor do they have any experience as a poor language impaired mother attempting to raise children in a new world.

Americans – most all Americans – embrace compassion for their fellow man. That holds just as true for those in foreign lands as here at home. No country on earth has anything like our history of attempting to uplift.

That is after all the real issue – not whether we uplift others, but how.

American cannot raise the world by becoming like the world. A candle that is blown out or tipped over no longer serves as a beacon of light. It is more likely a source of added danger.

At an earlier time in our history, no one locked the front door of their house – much less their automobile. Now, most everyone does both. Similarly, there was a time when mostly unimpaired borders worked for America. Now, it’s clear they don’t.

Unfortunately, though our leaders have a long history of talking about solutions, they have no history of producing any that are tangible, productive and realistic. That track record of failure goes back so far, most people don’t remember anything but the boundaryless reality we have today.

This unsustainable equation rant into its own wall on the weekend before Christmas.

That barrier came in the form of a President who drew a line in the sand and refused to cooperate with Congress on again kicking the illegal immigration can down the road. He used one of his last tools in the box to call out the relentless obstructionism of his Democratic opponents – fund the wall or assume responsibility for my refusal to endorse the latest in a long line of stop-gap budgets.

Make no mistake that the left’s resistance was pure political theater and obstructionism – it had nothing to do with principled opposition. How do we know? Look at the innumerable pro-border statements of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama before President Trump took office. Their current battle against protecting our boundaries is strictly based in anger and self-service.

May we suggest that our President’s principled effort to stand by his promises contrastingly merits deep respect and support?

At the time this article was submitted, where things would land was not clear. What was crystal clear was that the 11th District has a lion for a representative who was also taking a remarkably strong stand on this issue.

Mark Meadows refused to go with the flow and let the DC pattern of postponing tough decisions quietly win again. On the weekend before Christmas, everywhere you turned, his courage, conviction and character were on center stage. No solider on any of our history’s lethal battlefields more surely put himself on the line than our Congressman did in standing firm on the importance of addressing our nation’s No. 1 portal to infection.

When time ran out, and a partial shut-down began, our Congressman took another special step in refusing to accept his salary until the shut-down is resolved. That’s extraordinary, and on top of his other efforts, suggests an equation for your consideration and celebration.

Priorities (Build the Wall) + Principles (Keep your word) + Integrity (Eat what your troops eat) = LEADERSHIP

It is only through such mighty men – and women – that our nation’s portals to infection have a chance to heal…


Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save


Another important day of remembrance…

Today’s a special day…

The famous Infamy Speech was a speech delivered by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a Joint Session of the US Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Empire of Japan’s attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the Japanese declaration of war on the United States and the British Empire. The name derives from the first line of the speech: Roosevelt describing the previous day as “a date which will live in infamy”.

From the chair – December 7th, 2017 – Pearl Harbor Day. It’s a day of reminder – a horrific beginning to America’s immersion in W.W. II. 2335 military personnel were killed on that day – before it was over we lost 400,000 to the conflict. The world suffered 60 million.

It’s a day worth remembering – but for those of later generations, it takes some work.

That’s not anything new. Each generation’s pivotal events tend to get lost as time expires. So many of the men and women who served and contributed to W.W. II are gone now. Their memories, experiences and knowledge are also at risk.

We lose something when we lose people like those of the “Greatest Generation.” Forged in hardship, they had special qualities – like a sense of accountability, work ethic and morale code – that is not always present in those not having faced life’s more profound tests.

What will be will be. The fanfare traditionally associated with this sacred day is fading and will continue to do so. But you and I can chose to remember as individuals and keep the lessons alive.

There is merit in doing so – “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayna)

We need not do anything big or inconvenient. A little prayer – a little reflection. It’s enough on this special day of infamy…


Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

Charles Taylor Christmas Event Just Around the Corner!

26th annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner

I would like to extend a personal invitation for you and your family to attend the 26th annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner. Again this year we will recognize a Republican who has fought long and hard for the Party. We will also recognize an individual or family business that has contributed over the years to the successful economic expansion in Western North Carolina.  You will have an opportunity to meet Sen. Thom Tillis, Congressman-Elect Mark Harris and other national and statewide officials. North Carolina State Treasurer  give us an update regarding finances in North Carolina  and will also serve and our M.C. It is important that we listen to and convey our beliefs and make the framers proud that we are all Americans fighting for and strengthening the longest-lasting constitution in the world’s history.

The Holiday Dinner, which is one of the largest and longest-running political dinners in North Carolina, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 15 at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville. Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person.  For those who would like a picture with the special guests, there is an additional $10 charge to cover printing and postage. The photo opportunity will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 6:30 pm in the Expo Center Ballroom.  Checks should be made out to “Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner” and mailed to: Charles Taylor, P.O. Box 7587, Asheville, NC  28802.

In order to guarantee a seat at the dinner, tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information please contact TrishSmothers at (828) 243-2187 or

My family and I have been hosting these dinners for more than two decades because we believe it is imperative that Western North Carolina residents have an opportunity to hear from leading state legislative, state cabinet and national candidates.

You may also go to our Facebook page 26th Annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner to sign up for the dinner. If you are an elected official, county chair or you were a candidate in 2018,  please meet in the room behind the stage to be introduced at 7:00 pm.

 Come hear the program, see old friends and let me see you again!


Our most recent Silver Eagle Award winner!

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From the chair – At each of our Buncombe County GOP Executive Committee meetings, the chair works to identify and recognize an exceptional BCGOP volunteer with our Silver Eagle Award. All volunteers deserve our appreciation – this one is given to those who go the extra mile and stand out as exceptional contributors.

What are we looking for? A quick list includes a positive approach, constructive engagement, dedication to our principles and platform and a recognition of the importance of practices that bring us together as a Buncombe Republican family.

This month we have recognized someone most of you will recognize – Gail Harding.

Gail has long been a special part of our family and no one – repeat – no one has tried harder – for more years – to give a vibrant voice to conservative values in our community.

A copy of her award is posted below, but we wanted to share the specific language we used to honor Gail. Every single word fits and is well earned –



Mrs. Gail Harding


With gratitude:

Carl Mumpower, Ph.D., Chair

November 26th, 2018

When you see Gail – please echo our appreciation. We are blessed by knowing her and having her on our side!



Interested in being a Buncombe Republican leader?

Is now a good time to step up?


From the chair –  Did you know there are well over 46,000 registered Republicans in Buncombe County? If all of those registered Republicans were voting Republicans, the ravenous appetites of our Brand-X opposition would be majorly constrained.

That vision is not yet our reality, but some of us are working to make it so. We need your help to pull it off.

The election is behind us and we’ve had a good month to reflect on the outcome, celebrate our hard work and successes and learn from the challenges. There are points of upcoming action that need good heads, hearts, hands and spirits to bring them to life.

With the holidays before us, many are also settling into the traditions of the season. It’s a well-earned rest for the engaged volunteers of the Buncombe Republican Party family.

May we suggest this might be a good time to ponder the possibility of your stepping toward a leadership role in your local Republican Party?

On the first Saturday in March, the Buncombe GOP will hold our annual Party convention at the Buncombe Courthouse. This is the odd numbered year during which we elect or reelect our respective officers for a two-year term of service.

Might you destined to be one of them? If so, may we meet and talk about the possibilities? I can be reached directly at or (828) 252-8390 and would welcome the opportunity to.

There’s another helpful starting point we’d like to add to your plate. How about a quick list of leadership qualifications that we’ve found helpful? Here are a few of the standouts –

  • Leaders devoted to unity and constructive action over drama and intrigue
  • Leaders who like to work and get things done
  • Leaders who share a belief in our Party’s principles and platform
  • Leaders who bring us together versus assuming a “Chinese Warlord” approach to organizational development
  • Leaders enthused about helping Republican candidates get elected
  • Leaders who believe in playing by the rules – every time – every place
  • Leaders who understand the difference in a party of shared values versus a party of competing personalities
  • Leaders who go the extra mile to deliver on their promises (think President Trump for a role model).
  • Leaders who understand that to beat the opposition we have to out think, out create and out work them.
  • Leaders who understand the Republican Party stands as the only organized political movement capable of stopping the accelerating harms and excesses of the left

If you believe you have these qualifications, please give your engagement serious consideration. Let me know if I can help in any way – including explaining the duties of the various roles within the organization.

Just after the first of the year I’ll be making my own personal decision on running again as chair. Please add the possibility of becoming a part of the Buncombe Republican leadership team to your own December check list.


Relentlessly stepping over the impairments of the negative toward the opportunities of the positive.