Breaking News: No Shuler in 2010

Draft Coop posts the scoop from the N&O today with the announcement that BlueNC's least favorite son, Heath Shuler, will not be running against Burr in the 2010 Senate race. After all the work he had put in previously (Bill Clinton hosting a fundraiser on his behalf in Raleigh, announcing Barack Obama at the National Day of Prayer, etc.) it appeared that the conservative DINO from the mountains was trying to build a large, centerist(right) base for which to target Burr next year. However, it is all for naught.

This news is only part of the equation for BlueNC elation. Roy Cooper, the most popular Democrat in the state (who has recently made headlines of his own in his crusade against internet predators) has still not formally announced one way of the other. DailyKos tracking polls from a few weeks ago suggested that Cooper was already polling ahead of Burr and everyone from the grassroots to the big legal interests across the state have a generally good-to-great view of Cooper as a public servant. Plus, he has won two statewide races for Attorney General by excellent margins.

So, the gauntlet has been thrown down, Coop. We need you to bust one more predator - Richard Burr - who has been feasting on the fears and trepidations of North Carolinians for too long. We await your announcement.


Here is Shuler's statement

"I was flattered to have been asked by so many people across North Carolina to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010," he said. "However with our nation facing the most difficult economic times in generations, I feel my efforts are better utilized focusing on solutions to these challenges rather than campaigning across the state."

He knew he would get his ass kicked. I'm actually disappointed. I was going to enjoy seeing him get his ass handed to him on a platter and had actually planned to provide the platter.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Oh No!

You didn't want to bring out your good china for that!

I agree in a way, that would have been fun. But now we can just go about forgetting about him and letting him vote in the minority against our popular president. The Senate seat is what truly matters. Now, we just gotta get Roy to toss his hat in the ring.

-- A liberal originally from Yadkin County. Did I just blow your mind?

C'est la Vie

I only hate that I won't get the opportunity to vote against him in the primary.

C'est la Vie!

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy


I was going to enjoy seeing him get his ass handed to him on a platter and had actually planned to provide the platter.

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

Honest reaction

Shuler acts like a prima donna and I have no use for people like that regardless of their politics.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

{stifling a guffaw}


"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire


Are you calling him disgusting or are you calling the comment disgusting? The comment is an honest reaction to Mr. Shuler. Don't you know that Mr. Shuler just wanted to be in congress. If Mr. Taylor had been a Democrat he would have run as a Republican. Of course he did make me happy when he voted for HR 1106.


My reaction is honest, too

And, yes, it's a reaction to Betsy's reaction. I react that way to anyone who'd rather have a Republican in office than a non-PC Democrat. As I've said several times here, party matters more than PCness, especially in the Senate.

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

Speaking of H.R.1106

Larry Kissell "friended" me on Face Book yesterday. I left a message on his wall stating my disappointment with his vote and asked again when he will visit BlueNC to explain his vote and to answer to the people that donated and worked hard to help him acheive his office.

This morning I went back to see if he had replied and instead he had a surrogate answer. Her name is Grace Liem and this is part of her comment:

P.S. Keep up the good work. HR 1106 looked good on the surface but actually would have " achieve opposite results by putting millions of homeowners or potential buyers at greater risk of an unstable credit and housing market and creating high interest rates in the future. "

When something looks too good to be true it usually is.

What has happened to Larry Kissell?

What has happened to Larry Kissell?

Apparently he's letting people who don't know what the heck they are talking about answer for him. My fear is he's letting them think for him too.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

He friended me too

I don't think he really wants to be my friend. It my have come from a staffer.


He's not the person I supported

He probably thinks that I am the only one that is upset. Thanks for expressing yourselves. I need it. :-)


Don't worry about it

That's why this is a community forum. We got our hopes dashed on this one. we move on to replacing Virginia Foxx, right?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Just Another Pretty Face Foxx

is an embarrassment to North Carolina period. I'm in.


I'm not in his district

And I'm not ready to give up on Larry Kissell just yet. If you expected Super Progressive Man, you set yourself up for your own disappointment.

As for Foxx, she's an idiot. She's next. And for god sakes will someone please take on Howard Coble!

4th District

I don't want to sound like I'm giving up hope on beating Coble or Foxx, but I think that at this timw, instead of focusing on unseating the intrenched incumbents, we should begin a discussion on who could replace David Price when he retires. We expect him to retire in less then 6 years and we know that when he does Lawson is going to run again. We need a strong democrat from the 4th District that will be ready to take Lawson on in less then 6 years.

I just don't want any of you

I just don't want any of you forgetting about the 4th District, just becase we haven't had to worry about it for a while doesn't mean we shouldn't keep our eyes on it.