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Heath Shuler will not run for re-election

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.

By |2012-02-02T17:55:44-04:00February 2nd, 2012|State and Local Politics|Comments Off on Heath Shuler will not run for re-election

Congressman Jefferson found guilty of corruption

If I’m found with $90,000 in my refrigerator, I will ask my resting police officer to call the media immediately. I will announce from the front steps of my house that I am too stupid to ask for or even need a lawyer or a trial. I just need a judge to tell me how long I’m supposed to be in jail for such rank incompetence. Former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was found guilty yesterday of corruption (if I submitted a script of his story to Hollywood they would’ve thrown it back at me as being unbelievably stupid).

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From NOLA:

Former Democratic Congressman William Jeffersonwas found guilty of 11 of 16 corruption charges today by a federal jury.

The jury of eight women and four men returned a guilty verdict following five days of deliberation.

In the 16-count indictment, Jefferson was charged with soliciting bribes and other crimes for a series of schemes in which he helped American businesses broker deals in West African in exchange for payments or financial considerations to companies controlled by members of his family, including his brother Mose, his wife, Andrea, their five daughters and a son-in-law.

Jefferson, 62, who represented the New Orleans-based 2nd Congressional District for nine terms, will now face sentencing by Judge T.S. Ellis III, who earlier meted out stiff sentences for lesser figures in the case. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Jefferson faced 235 years in prison if convicted on all counts, and will still face substantial prison time. (more… )

By |2009-08-06T22:05:59-04:00August 6th, 2009|Congress, House of Representatives|Comments Off on Congressman Jefferson found guilty of corruption
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