GOP caucus leaders visit region

Going for the win; no compromises
Sep 29, 2012
GOP Congressional candidate Mark Meadows, Congressman Pete Sessions and Congressman Greg Walden

The two top leaders of the National Republican Congressional Caucus visited Haywood Friday to support 11th Congressional District candidate Mark Meadows.

Both Pete Sessions, caucus chairman, and Greg Walden, the deputy chairman, were on hand to attend a fund-raising breakfast for Meadows and meet with voters in the area.

Meadows was tapped as a candidate worthy of support the first time he visited caucus representatives.

“I was confident literally the day he walked in our office,” Sessions said. “His first words were, ‘I’m worried about our country.’”

Both said Meadows has presented himself and his ideas in a way that’s consistent with a vast majority of people in the district. They are confident the 11th Congressional seat will be back in the Republican win column in November.

Former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor held the seat for 16 years before losing to U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler in 2006. Both new Congressional district boundaries and Meadows’ background as a successful businessman elevated him to “Young Gun” status with the caucus. This is the top slot in a four-tier system identifying which Republican contenders have the best chance of winning — and for the caucus’ financial support.

The caucus’ aim is to develop and support candidates to support their agenda for change.

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