The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is attacking former Redskins bust and current Democrat Congressman Heath Shuler over a Tennessee Valley Authority report that Shuler and staff were allegedly currying favor for a company he partially owns in land dealings, in which "Wealthy and influential people seeking private lakeshore access to the Tennessee Valley Authority's 11,000 miles of shoreline on the Tennessee River system appeared to receive preferential treatment."
However, "A report issued Monday by the TVA Office of Inspector General was critical of a boat access exchange between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Cove at Blackberry Ridge, which is partially owned by Rep. Heath Shuler. It found "no evidence, however, that either Shuler or his representatives used Shuler’s position as a United States Congressman to pressure TVA to grant Blackberry water access."
A NRCC press release quotes the Asheville Times-News:
"Congressman Shuler’s position as a member of Congress sitting on a committee with oversight responsibilities for TVA raised the specter of preferential treatment when he applied for his permit from TVA on a project with millions of his own personal money on the line,” the reports said.
And the AP:
"The inspector general said it didn't help that Shuler's representatives kept "dropping Shuler's name with TVA employees."
Of course, no Shuler political news would be complete without the obligatory pigskin reference:
Ken Spain, NRCC Communications Director: "It may have been easy for him to flee the bright lights in the locker room after a bad game in the NFL, but as a public official it’s his responsibility to come clean with North Carolina families."
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