Reid Spox Assails Blue Dog Rep. Shuler’s QB Skills

By Lindsey Ellerson

Feb 9, 2009 5:51pm

In the Charlotte News & Observer today, Rep. Heath Shuler, D-NC, is quoted saying that while President Obama has "reached out to listen to his concerns," Democratic leaders on the Hill haven’t.

"I truly feel that’s where maybe House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed," Shuler said.

This prompted a withering response from Jim Manley, the spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"Let me get this straight – this is coming from a guy who threw more than twice as many interceptions than touchdowns?" Manley emailed Politico’s Glenn Thrush.

"Maybe Someone should tell congressman Shuler that under the leadership of President Obama we have put together a bipartisan bill that will create or save 3 to 4 million jobs, and that We have been more than willing to work with our republican friends. We have accepted some of their ideas and will continue to do so. But not at the expense of creating jobs, investing in our future of helping the middle class. He can stand on a stage if he wants, but senate democrats are busy trying to pass legislation that will provide essential investments designed to create and save jobs."

Thrush reminds us that Shuler threw 32 interceptions and 15 touchdowns during his four years in the NFL "with a rock-bottom 54.3 lifetime passer rating. In 2008, ESPN rated him the 4th biggest draft bust in league history."

- jpt

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