Good news: there will be one less Blue Dog in Congress.
North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler will not seek reelection in 2012, he announced Thursday.
Shuler, a prominent Blue Dog Democrat and former Washington Redskins quarterback, faced an uphill path to a fourth term after redistricting, which made his western North Carolina-based 11th District seat more conservative.
“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,” Shuler said in a statement. “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.”
Yeah, right. Family time. It’s probably not because his district is beet red after redistricting, or because liberals and progressives hate him and would not support such a dunderhead.
Shuler was the genius who thought he could take Pelosi’s spot as Minority Leader after the shellacking Democrats took in 2010. Unfortunately, he didn’t come close to garnering the support he needed, which made him an even bigger laughingstock to fellow Democrats.
Shuler also said he was confident that the Blue Dogs will continue to thrive despite their dwindling numbers.
“I feel very confident there will be 20 others who will take our place next year,” he said.
Twenty others? GTFO.