U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has announced he will not run for U.S. Senate in 2010. Shuler could have been a good candidate, but not as good as our man Coop would be. Shuler has irritated some of the more liberal/progressive members of the Democratic family with his positions, so it might be tough for him to win a contested primary. One wonders if he suspects that Coop will run.
General Cooper, with Shuler, Brad Miller, and Richard Moore out, the ball is in your court. A state turns its eyes to you! I know, you're busy doing your job, making headway with the EPA, and advocating against the feds superseding state consumer protection laws. But if you've got a minute, think some more about running to represent us in the Senate, won't you?????