Jeff Miller, the Republican small-business man who made an unsuccessful run against Rep. Heath Shuler in 2010, told Roll Call on Tuesday that it was extremely unlikely he would take a second crack at trying to win the 11th district seat in North Carolina.
“At this point, I don’t see any way that I can run for Congress,” he said. “Especially with the free-for-all I see coming on, it’s not something I would want to be involved in.”
Miller emphasized the two reasons he wasn’t going to run were the “financial pressure” of getting in a primary with potential self-funders and his desire to focus on his family’s dry-cleaning business. Given the tough economic times, Miller said he had to focus his energy on keeping the business solvent.
After the state’s GOP-controlled Legislature drew a new Congressional map that makes the 11th the most Republican district in the state, a number of candidates threw their hat in the ring to take on Shuler. At least seven candidates are running, including local district attorney Jeff Hunt, real estate investor Mark Meadows, and tea-party-affiliated ophthalmologist Dan Eichenbaum appear to be the frontrunners in the race.
According to numbers crunched by the Legislature, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would have carried the redrawn district with more than 58 percent in 2008.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.