Because Shuler, a Democrat, represents a typically Republican-leaning district and is a freshman, the fact that Rove has targeted Shuler for defeat in 2008 is really not all that surprising. What makes the fact newsworthy is that Rove's hit list of 20 Democrats is evidence in the mushrooming General Services Administration scandal that indicates the GSA and its chief engaged in illegal partisan electoral politics -- a potential felony for those involved.
Read the above link for more details (you'll need to scroll down to find it), and be sure to check out the April 11 issue of Xpress for our feature story on Shuler's first 100 days in office.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer
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