Jeff Miller Not Interested in Rematch With Heath Shuler

Posted October 11, 2011 at 8:37pm

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.