Stories From Washington’s Revolving Door

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Heath Shuler

Rep. Heath Shuler. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Last February, North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) announced he would not seek reelection in 2012 after redistricting made it unlikely he would win. In July, when he was asked by bloggers at the Republic Report if he would become a lobbyist, he told them “you’re barking up the wrong tree.” In November, Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric power company, announced that Shuler would be joining the company as the vice president of federal affairs when his Congressional term ends in January. While in office, Shuler was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats. Shuler told the Asheville Citizen-Times that along with his business and management experience, the “relationships he made in Congress will help Duke.”
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