Andrew Whalen, executive director of the state Democratic Party, is going back to work for U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler.
Whalen was Shuler's deputy campaign manager in 2006 and his campaign manager in 2008. He'll take over as executive director of the former NFL quarterback's PAC, 3rd and Long, overseeing fundraising and Shuler's political activities. Whalen will also be a part-time "senior adviser" in the Washington office. His salary will be paid by the PAC.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working in North Carolina, while also affecting the national political discourse and helping Democrats retake the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by communicating the message of the Democratic Party to independent voters throughout the country,” Whalen said in a statement.
Shuler has leadership ambitions. He challenged U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi for minority leader last month.
Whalen leaves at the end of the year. Party Chairman David Young announced his decision to leave that job soon after the November elections, when Democrats lost both the state House and Senate.