WILMINGTON, NC - (WECT) - A Republican who once wanted to unseat Congressman Mike McIntyre now says he will endorse him in the November election.
Will Breazeale ran unsuccessfully against McIntyre in 2008.
This past May, Breazeale attempted to run for the seat again by seeking the Republican nomination.
He ran against Ilario Pantano and lost.
Breazeale said in a statement released late Tuesday night that he asked Pantano after the May primary to step down.
"On May 18, 2010, I called for Mr. Pantano to step down as the Republican nominee due to serious character and financial questions that he steadfastly refused to answer before, during, and after the Republican primary."
Breazeale says after watching the first of a series of debates between Pantano and McIntyre, he decided to support the Democratic incumbent.
"I watched the first debate held on August 20, 2010 broadcast live on WECT. It is now very clear to me that Mike McIntyre is the best choice for this district and this country," Breazeale said.
If you missed the first debate between McIntyre and Pantano you can watch it on WECT Plus every night at 6:00 p.m. beginning tonight, through September 6.