Reaction to Congressman McIntyre's pending retirement
Congressman McIntyre plans to retire at the end of 2014.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - News makers from Wilmington to Washington D.C. reacted Wednesday to the announcement that U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre (NC-7) plans to retire from public life at the end of his term this year.
Rep. David Price
"Mike McIntyre has been a tremendously effective advocate for the Seventh District and for all North Carolinians during his time in Congress. His brand of practical problem-solving has especially benefited Eastern North Carolina farmers, veterans and small businesses, and he has particularly stressed outreach to young people. Today, Eastern North Carolina communities have more resources to meet the needs of their people and the region is more vibrant and more economically diversified because of his hard work. These many achievements, and the partnerships he was instrumental in forming, will be a lasting legacy."
"Mike's service in Congress also reminds us that political discourse and debate are enriched by people who grapple with how our faith and religious traditions can help us live up to our ideals. He has prioritized issues over ideology, finding practical ways for democratic government to serve the common good. I wish Mike and Dee well as they seek to continue their service outside Congress and will value the rest of our time as colleagues on Capitol Hill."
Rep. Kurt Schrader, Blue Dog Coalition co-chair
"With the announcement of Congressman Mike McIntyre's retirement, the U.S. House of Representatives loses a humble servant who dedicated his long career to serving his constituents and all Americans. A dogged fighter for rural Americans, veterans, members of the Armed Services and coastal residents of the Cape Fear Coast, Congressman McIntyre brought together leaders on both sides of the aisle to address the needs of the residents of his beloved North Carolina, which in turn benefitted the country as a whole. On behalf of the Blue Dog Coalition and all members of Congress, we wish him and his family the very best."
United States Senator Kay Hagan
"As a tireless advocate for our servicemembers and veterans, our farmers and our families, Mike has been a true champion for the people of eastern North Carolina during his 17 years in Congress. From advocating for new community fire departments to promoting job growth and economic development – no task was ever too big or too small for him to take on. The 7th District is undoubtedly a better place because of his service. I thank Mike for his years of contributions to our state and wish him well in his next chapter."
Former State Senator David Rouzer
Former State Senator David Rouzer, who nearly beat McIntyre in the last election, released the following statement:
"I have genuine respect and appreciation for the work Congressman Mike McIntyre and his staff have done to help countless individuals across Southeastern North Carolina. He has been a tireless advocate for the local needs of the district during his time in office, and I personally appreciate his strong devotion to the Christian Faith. After falling just a handful of votes short in 2012, it is with great optimism that my supporters and I continue our mission to bring conservative leadership to Southeastern North Carolina. I will work hard to find long-term solutions to the significant challenges facing our coastal, business and farm communities as well as our Veterans."
Rouzer has already announced intentions to run for the spot again this year.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden emailed the following:
"If it wasn't clear before with the retirement of Rep. Jim Matheson, today's announcement from Rep. Mike McIntyre solidifies the extremely difficult road ahead for Democrats in 2014. This retirement announcement also proves that ObamaCare and its negative impact continues to burden Democrats in 2014 – even for Democrats who voted against the law like McIntyre and Matheson. When these two throw in the towel you have to wonder who is next, especially among those Democrats in similar districts who backed ObamaCare and other reckless policies."
NC Democratic Party Chair Randy Voller
The North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chair Randy Voller released the following statement on Representative Mike McIntyre (D-7) decision to retire at the end of this congressional term:
"For over 18 years, Congressman McIntyre has served eastern North Carolina with honor and distinction in the U.S. House. From championing economic development for the region, to fighting on behalf of our brave men and women in uniform, Congressman McIntyre has made the people of his district and North Carolina proud," Voller said. "Throughout his tenure, Mike has transcended politics as usual and produced real results for the people of the Seventh Congressional District. We look forward to supporting Mike in this new chapter and thank him and his family for their service and advocacy on behalf of our state."
Rep. Walter B. Jones
"Having served with Mike McIntyre for many years, I believe he will be remembered in Congress as a man of deep faith and integrity. His willingness to work across the aisle on projects that benefit Eastern North Carolina will be greatly missed."
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