Shocking announcement.

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, will not run for re-election, his office confirmed this afternoon.

First elected in 2006, Shuler won handily in 2008 and 2010, but his 11th Congressional District was dramatically redrawn last year, removing the dependably Democratic heart of Asheville.

Shuler’s press secretary confirmed he will not run. His office release this statement:

Last week I spent a lot of time at home with my family discussing the possibility of running for governor of North Carolina. 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.