News Column

Mike McIntyre to Retire

January 8, 2014

Molly Parker, Star-News

Jan. 08--Facing perhaps the toughest re-election challenge of his career in a district redrawn to favor Republicans, Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre announced Wednesday he is resigning at the end of his congressional term.

He released a statement saying he has served his congressional duty to the people and therefore will retire. This should be seen as good news for the Republican Party, which has been clamoring to claim the seat.

"In eastern North Carolina, we have demonstrated that public service is a partnership between the people and the representative they entrust to speak on their behalf," reads a statement from his office. "For us, this has been where the priorities of policy over politics, issues over ideology, dialogue over dollars, and cooperation over campaigning have prevailed. Having answered the call entrusted through this partnership, I will be retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this term."

McIntyre noted several of his accomplishments, including quadrupling the number of veterans' clinics in the area, passing the tobacco buyout, expanding military bases, establishing an economic commission to promote jobs and fighting poverty.

"We also have built new fire and police stations, town halls, and workforce development centers; opened new farmers' markets and senior centers; improved airports and the Wilmington Port; and expanded educational and recreational opportunities for our children and youth," he said.

McIntyre said he and his family are "ready for a new chapter" and "excited about new opportunities to continue helping North Carolina."

McIntyre was one of if not the most conservative Democrat in the U.S. House. He voted against Obamacare and often bucked his own party. But he still faced tough challenges to the right in this year's election after just narrowly beating former state senator David Rouzer last year.

On the GOP side, Rouzer and New Hanover County Board Chairman Woody White will vie for the Republican nomination. New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield is running on the Democratic ticket. No other Democrats have announced.

Check back later for details on this developing story.

Metro desk: 343-2389

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