Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Heath Shuler Coming to DC Again?

THE FIRST TIME Heath Shuler made his home in Washington, the results weren't what you would call stellar. As quarterback of the Washington Redskins in the mid-90s, Shuler was a disaster, hardly living up to his potential as the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

But Shuler wants to come to Washington again, this time as the Democratic Congressman from North Carolina's 11th District. Here some of the lates info from the field:

Public Policy Polling (PDF). 7/10. Likely voters. MoE 3.7% (May results)
Without leaners
Taylor (R) 43 (42)
Shuler (D) 47 (46)

With leaners
Taylor (R) 45
Shuler (D) 51

And according to fundraising numbers from the latest quarter, the cash-on-hand numbers look like this:

Taylor $100K
Shuler $550K

Looks like great news if you're Heath Shuler. The only probem is that Taylor is worth about $500 zillion and he's going to be able to write some big checks in November -- the kind of checks used to spear opponents on TV. Shuler better hope Taylor doesn't produce any adds recapping his career with the Redskins. Neverthless, this race is proving that this seat is vulnerable for the GOP. You can visit Heath Shuler on the web at


At 7/31/2006 9:46 AM, Blogger trevan said...

This is one of the greatest dilemmas of my life. As both a committed Redskins fan and Democrat, what am I supposed to do?

I can't root for him after he set the Redskins back for years. Yet, I have to root for him in hopes the Democrats can regain some power.

I guess the real question is: What do I care more about? My loyalty to the Skins, or the fate of our country and world? I'll eventually decide but haven't come to a conclusion yet.

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