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Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina won't seek reelection (Another "Blue Dog" Runs Away)
LA Times ^ | 2/2/2012 | Kathleen Hennessey

Posted on 02/02/2012 3:28:15 PM PST by tobyhill

A rare breed just got rarer. Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, one of the few remaining white Southern Democrats in the House, has announced he will retire rather than run in what was expected to his toughest race yet.

Shuler is a leader of the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, a shrinking coalition of moderates who were known for, among other things, causing headaches for Nancy Pelosi during her years as speaker.

Shuler launched a doomed bid against the California Democrat for the minority leader post in 2010. He got 43 votes.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up and former Washington Redskins quarterback was first elected to the House in the Democratic wave of 2006. But he was facing a much tougher electorate this year. The GOP-led state legislature has redrawn his district to cut out the hub of Democratic voters. He was expecting a fierce and uphill fight.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: 112th; athletes; bluedogs; nc2012

1 posted on 02/02/2012 3:28:21 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Blue Dog!? No such thing. Dem=Marxist

2 posted on 02/02/2012 3:30:53 PM PST by albie
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To: tobyhill

"I bet he was......oh, never mind"

3 posted on 02/02/2012 3:34:07 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

Guy is a Moron, he should have switched to Independent and caucused with the Republican two years ago. I really have a hard time believing that the Rat party ever represented even 15% of his core beliefs.

4 posted on 02/02/2012 3:59:31 PM PST by DAC21
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To: tobyhill

Well Heath Shuler wasn’t much of a quarterback in retrospect, although at the time he signed with the Washington Redskins, he became the highest paid player in franchise history.

And Washington didn’t get much in return on that investment, that’s for damn sure.

5 posted on 02/02/2012 4:16:20 PM PST by mkjessup (A loser to a loser who now endorses that loser is a loser. <-- iow, NO Romney, No WAY!)
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To: DAC21

Yeah, how people like him can remain Demonrats is beyond me. At least I saw the light in my 20s.

6 posted on 02/02/2012 5:08:40 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (MERRY CHRISTMAS to the ACLU)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
I was in my 20's as well. I was raised in a union house and raised democrat. In college, I used to listen Rush and then Alan Combs. I got so ticked off at Rush. But after a while...I realized Combs arguments were all emotion and Limbaugh had facts...and backed up his side with lots and lots of audio clips and quotes.

The process took about a year. And man...after that...trips home were FUN. /sarcasm

7 posted on 02/02/2012 5:21:15 PM PST by NELSON111
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To: tobyhill

Any idea if a conservative will be running for this seat with a chance for a pick up in the House?

Jesse Kelly is likely to run for the seat in AZ’s 8th congressional district (where he almost knocked off Giffords 2 years ago).

It’d be great to pick up these 2 seats.

8 posted on 02/02/2012 5:47:35 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: albie; P-Marlowe; wmfights

Shuler played high school football with some of my family, and he’s an OK guy. I’m glad he’s out of politics, though. He didn’t handle the tradeoffs very well. He came from a traditional FDR/Truman kind of area, so far as democrats go, and that kind of mountain folk are rabidly conservative in everything except their political party. It always caused me to scratch my head, but the justification is always, “Gramps was a democrat, so our family is democrat.”

And that’s why I started out as a democrat, became a Reagan Democrat, eventually became a republican, and NOW am leaving them because the republicans are just liberals who give lip-service to balancing budgets.

9 posted on 02/02/2012 6:09:56 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Filing deadline is Feb 29.
politics1 has 10 Republicans announced for the seat and one Democrat besides Shuler.

10 posted on 02/02/2012 9:57:39 PM PST by scrabblehack
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