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Political double talk? McCrory endorses Breazeale and Pantano

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- In two weeks, Will Breazeale, Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow will face off in the Republican primary for the North Carolina 7th District seat in Congress. Whoever wins the primary will face incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre in November.

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory spent the weekend on the campaign trail in Wilmington. The 2008 Republican nominee for governor endorsed Breazeale back in January, but he's also endorsing Pantano. How can that be? McCrory says he likes both of them.

"I'm supporting both Mr. Pantano and Mr. Breazeale, because I want the strongest Republican candidate to win, and then hopefully displace the current Congressional Democrat, so we'll have Nancy Pelosi out of Washington and not leading this country into financial ruin."

Pantano says Republicans need to rally behind whichever candidate wins the nomination.

McCrory says when he endorse Breazeale in January there were no other candidates running. When we reached Breazeale by phone this weekend, he was shocked to learn of the dual endorsements. He said he's puzzled and thought McCrory was attending Pantano's events Saturday just as a guess.

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Pantano & Brazeale

I'm a Democrat who occasionally votes for a Republican. I haven't voted for Mike McIntyre for years; he has been in Washington too long. He's more like a Republican than a Democrat. Pantano will be the best person to replace him. If not Pantano; I will vote for Breazeale as I did last time. If our Representative is going to be a like a Republican let him be a Republican. Mike McIntyre sold himself to tobacco companies, big business, insurance companies, bankers, etc years ago. His "NO" to the Healthcare bill should be a reason no Democrat or Republican in NC would vote for him again. His questionable association with "The Family" at C Street in Washington is another reason he needs to no longer be the 7th District Representative.

McCroy Endorsement

I don't see anything controversial about this except for the slant of the title. Both are excellent candidates. We need change, and either man would be a step in the right direction.


Mr. McCrory stated, let the best man, the most electable candidate win.

Unfortunately, there has been no public meeting of the candidates at which they might debate the issues and lay out a clear plan for the district.


There has been five Debate/Forums all over the District.
The next one is-
Tuesday, April 20, 2010: 7th District Candidate Forum in Wilmington. 7 p.m. in the County Commissioners’ Assembly Room at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse, 24 N. 3rd Street in Wilmington. Will be streamed live on our website.