Posted by Debra Worley - email
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - US Congressman Mike McIntrye attended the 2009 North Carolina Association of Broadcasters annual meeting in Wrightsville Beach Monday.
Many people are curious if the Democrat will run against Republican incumbent Richard Burr for Burr's US Senate seat
Attorney General Roy Cooper was the party favorite to run against Burr, but announced nearly a month ago he won't run.
"Right now there's so much going on and I'm working hard as I can for the people of Southeast North Carolina, and we want to make sure we're doing everything we can to help with the needs here," said McIntyre. "I'm already running for re-election for United States Congress and the house. If we make a decision to go with the senate we'll certainly let you know."
Some polls show that McIntyre is one of the favored Democrats to run against Burr.
Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton spoke at the meeting, discussing the economic strain in the broadcasting industry and on all of the state.
While there are signs of improvement, NC is facing a $3 billion deficit.
"It's probably the most difficult budget year since the Great Depression," said Dalton. "The Federal credit policies have really devastated our economy. Previous to that the Federal trade policies have sent some jobs overseas so we're having to re-tool our economy. We're having to make some changes in state government and it will impact local government I'm sure as it comes forward."
Dalton noted that our area, with its ports, colleges, and tourism, may be set for a faster economic recovery than others.