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Meadows Hailed At Home For Failure Of GOP Health Bill

Rep. Mark Meadows
United States Congress
Rep. Mark Meadows
Rep. Mark Meadows
Rep. Mark Meadows

President Donald Trump's defeat may be U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows's victory. The North Carolina Republican is enjoying an outpouring of support from conservatives in his home district.

Meadows represents the 11th Congressional District in western North Carolina. He is also head of the Freedom Caucus, the conservative bloc in Congress that scuttled the president's plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.

For Meadows and like-minded conservatives, Trump's plan did not go far enough in trying to erase Obamacare. His stalwart opposition to Trump and the political establishment seems to be playing well across the 16-county-wide district he represents.

"Mark Meadows is not afraid to take a stand," said Ralph Slaughter.

Slaughter recently ended a seven-year run as chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party and he is a one-time neighbor of the congressman's in Cashiers, North Carolina.

"What he has told the people when he was running for re-election this year and what he has said all along is that he wants to come up with a plan that will benefit all Americans, not just a few," Slaughter said.

He added that among the people he has spoken with about Meadows's stance "I would say that 70 to 80 percent are very positive."

Meadows is being hailed in Yancey County too.

"We find that he is not a campaigner in rhetoric only but have found him to be true to his convictions and for that it's appreciated," said John Anglin, who was just re-elected Saturday to his second term as chair of his county's GOP chapter.

Republicans in the 11th District feted Meadows at a rally Monday in Waynesville, which is in Haywood County. Aubrey Woodard made the drive from Brevard, in Transylvania County, to join the rally. Woodard was his county's GOP chair and is now running for the 11th District chairmanship. Woodard said he has been to party conventions across the district in recent weeks and that support for Meadows is strong.

"Probably 95 to 98 percent in favor of the position," Woodard said.

Woodard said the 11th is a very conservative district and that Meadows was elected, at least in part, on the promise of a complete repeal of Obamacare.

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Rusty Jacobs is a politics reporter for WUNC. Rusty previously worked at WUNC as a reporter and substitute host from 2001 until 2007 and now returns after a nine-year absence during which he went to law school at Carolina and then worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County.
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