National Journal is reporting that former Congressman (and former Redskin and Saint QB) Heath Shuler is considering a run (as a Democrat – rats!) for US Senate. With there a real possibility that the GOP will lose control of the upper house in 2016, the Dems would like to have a shot in the Tarheel State and Shuler might be the answer they need.
Should he run, Shuler, a former NFL quarterback who represented a district in the state’s western half, would instantly become the Democrats’ top recruit for the Senate seat held by Republican incumbent Richard Burr. Earlier this year, former Sen. Kay Hagan turned down Democratic entreaties to run for office, and the party has since struggled to find another potential contender.
Still! Is this an alternative universe or something? First a socialist named Sanders runs for President and might beat Hillary Clinton and now Shuler, former holder of the coveted Sandy’s Favorite Democrat title (I know several fine Dem officeholders who could vie for the crown presently held by Senator Chap Petersen and I know several good solid, mostly local officials, I might have to divide the crown – much like weight divisions in boxing: Local officeholder Favorite Democrat/State legislative Favorite Democrat/ statewide office Favorite Democrat [That one might be hard to fill!]) I think I’ll lay down for a few minutes…
But I am afraid that if Shuler becomes the nominee, he’ll have to repudiate so many positions he held in Congress, that he’d lose any chance of regaining the title! Still I confess, I like Heath Shuler – he gives every indication of being a strong person of faith and he tried to integrate that faith into his politics. It would be an interesting race. My advice to Shuler: Switch parties. Run as a Republican instead in a future race for Governor of North Carolina.
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders