GOP Young Gun to Challenge Shuler in NC?
10:01 AM, Dec 16, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ethan Wingfield, a 26-year-old businessman from North Carolina, is considering a bid to run against congressman Heath Shuler, one of the last remaining so-called Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives. Wingfield told Roll Call in an interview that he was "seriously exploring" running for office:
Shuler held on to his seat through the 2010 Republican sweep and unsuccessfully challenged Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader earlier this year. Roll Call notes that after North Carolina's redistricting, Shuler's Eleventh Congressional District is considerably more Republican going into 2012, giving the GOP nominee a potentially better shot of flipping the seat. If he runs, Wingfield will face a crowded Republican primary field.