Long-Serving Senator Won't Run Again

North Carolina's longest-serving state senator won't seek re-election next year as he faces potential criminal charges over a shooting at his home in August.

Sen. R.C. Soles said in a statement Wednesday he won't seek a 22nd consecutive term. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 1968.

State prosecutors announced this month they plan to seek an assault charge against Soles after a grand jury found probable cause he acted criminally when he shot a former law client.

Soles made no reference to the case in his statement.

Soles is the latest powerful Democrat leaving the Senate.

Outgoing Majority Leader Tony Rand is to resign Thursday to head the parole commission. Finance Committee co-chairman David Hoyle also won't seek re-election.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    RC Soles bought a house & a car for a 17 year old client. Wonder what's up with that?
  • by anon Location: wallace on Dec 31, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    you are talking about the clintons set the example? what example? they wre liars and cheaters. HILLIARY "ROTTEN" CLINTON, "HER THIGHNESS" setting examples when her own husband the president could not admit his sexual affairs or describe what an affair was. an affair is a nice word for cheating on your spouse.he was having "sexual relations" why bin laden was planning on bombing us for 9-11. they planned it for 5 years. a great friend of mine worked in the secret service [ retired]he said bill had women coming over all the time. hillary was a witch. she would cuss out her security detail and her and bill were fighting in the bedroom and his detail had to remove her from the room because he come first. they are jokes. obama is just like them . you are right. just like the clintons. GOD HELP US.
  • by George W on Dec 30, 2009 at 08:21 PM
    Yeah....what about the picture of him holding hands with a muslim....or when he snuck some of the Bin Laden family out of the country after 9/11. He LOVES middle eastern people.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    Bush was racist? he had more blacks in his administration than any other president. His daughter was married by a close family friend, a black minister. if you are going to lie at least have your facts straight. the only one racist is you.
  • by Data Man on Dec 30, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    To Anonymous, Yes I can tell you about a republican. His name is racist bush. The democrates in NC do there best to be fair when it comes to race. This is why they are hated so bad. Its not about what they do in office because we all have flaws. I am so tired of the racist republicans of NC being so simple when it comes to the democrats leading this country. I love the way Obama and his family has set an example of how the first family should be like. The Clinton's set the pace and then Obama and his family is really leading us.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Dec 30, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Good, just one more we won't have to worry about having to vote out next time. Wish more would walk away too.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    RC Soles, Mike Easley, John Edwards, Thomas Wright, Frank Ballance, Jim Black. What do they all have in common?? Can someone give me the same number of examples of republicans in the state of NC during the past 5 years???
  • by Tired of Politics Location: ENC on Dec 30, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    maybe more democrats will follow .... don't let the door hit ya!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    he serves in columbus co. & he's another typical north carolina democrat!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    a powerful Democrat who acted criminally....hm, there seems to be an on going trend here in our country.
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