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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blue Dog Heath Shuler Won't Run Again...

Shuler, a moderate Democrat representing NC 11 in the Asheville area  announced last week that he won't seek reelection. The fiscally moderate Shuler would have had a tough race to win his newly redrawn district.

His decision not to run would seem to give a huge Republican advantage and it is likely that Republicans will pick up this seat in 2012.

“Last week I spent a lot of time at home with my family discussing the possibility of running for governor of North Carolina,” Shuler said in a statement. “This time of reflection and prayer gave us the opportunity to talk about the best course of action for us as a family moving forward. It was during this time that I reached the decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.
“This was not an easy decision. However, I am confident that it is the right decision. It is a decision I have weighed heavily over the past few months. I have always said family comes first, and I never intended to be a career politician. I am ready to refocus my priorities and spend more time at home with my wife, Nikol, and two young children.”


Blogger said...

Great news! The only news better would be if he had become the Republican he really could and should have been.

NewGuy said...

He would be harder to beat than any likely replacement candidate. But, part of me hates to see the "moderates" among the Dems drop out. NC 11 will probably go Republican, but some of the Blue Dogs that are dropping are likely to be replaced by "progressives" - and it heavily Democrat districts, that might mean a shift even further left for the Dem party.

Of course our old pal Barney Frank is going so it will take a whole truckload of wackos to balance him out.