While Heath Shuler is not in Washington helping the voters of North Carolina, he did have time to help himself.
TVA has approved a water-access deal for a development group whose investors include U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., who sits on a committee that exercises oversight of the federal utility.
Shuler goes back home and says he is fighting for lower gas prices and energy independence. Meanwhile, he is nowhere to be seen in Congress actually doing that. But he does have time to line his own pockets.