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Shuler 'wasn't interested' in lobbying in July

The Nation has pointed out that Rep. Heath Shuler, a soon-to-be Duke Energy lobbyist, had as recently as July claimed he had no intention of entering the profession after his term expired – and that the moderate Democrat is still helping lead House negotations in deciding how to navigate the so-called fiscal cliff.

Shuler announced Monday he will assume the title of federal government affairs the day after his term ends.

But when he was pressed by The Nation's Lee Fang and blogger Zaid Jilani in Washington while walking from his car and apparently talking on the phone to his wife, the following interaction was caught on video:

Shuler to lobby for Duke Energy after term

The day after Rep. Heath Shuler's third term expires on Jan. 3, 2013, the outgoing congressman will start lobbying for Duke Energy.

The company announced Monday that Shuler will hold the title of senior vice president of federal affairs.

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