ONLY ON 3: McIntyre’s staffer calls opponent “crazy,” “shaky,” “schizophrenic” and “not all there”

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Submitted: Wed, 03/30/2011 - 3:46am
Updated: Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:34pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — During Rep. Mike McIntyre’s jobs summit today, one of the Congressman’s staffers made some interesting comments to us.

After he saw Del Pietro, a Democrat who plans to challenge McIntyre in the primary, talking to our crew, McIntyre’s economic development director Tony McEwen pulled them aside.

Mcewen told us Pietro is “crazy,” “shaky,” “schizophrenic” and “not all there.”

Pietro says McEwen is trying to destroy his reputation because he knows he is a serious contender to beat the Congressman.

“I think average folks like us should be able to run for public office without having to endure dirty politics,” Pietro said. “Quite frankly this is exactly what the folks in this Congressional district and across America are exhausted by. Our political system can be very dirty, and this is clearly and indication of that.”

When asked about McEwen’s comments, McIntyre’s Chief of Staff said in an e-mail to WWAY, “(A)ny comments Tony McEwen made with regard to the subject manner you referenced were not authorized by, nor reflective of, this office.”

When asked if he, the Congressman or McEwen would like a chance to talk on camera or by phone about what was said and Pietro’s reaction, Mitchell e-mailed back, “We have no further comment. Thanks.”


  • Paul Renfroe says:

    Um, Actually, it has been Mr. Pietro own statements to that fact. He said the whole reason he was running was that Cong. McIntyre was not honoring the liberal principles of the Democratic Party and simply a Republican without that party affiliation.

  • Guest says:

    Mr. McIntyre runs as a Democrat but votes as a Republican. I do not know him personally but I do know that when a staffer on a person’s staff rants in public it is the same as the elected person speaking. And I cannot comprehend why Mr. McIntyre voted against the DADT law. This is the deepest kind of blind prejudgment of men and women serving in uniform. I am a Democrat and want a real Democrat to represent me in Congress. And a note to all the Tea-bagger Yahoos who want to shriek on line against Pres. Obama, don’t bother responding.

  • Jack Redmond says:

    Mr McEen Made an unfortunate comment about Del Pietro and should apologize. Mr McIntyre is a conservative democrat running in a conservative district. Unfortunately a liberal democrat is not going to win here in my opinion.

  • Guest says:

    This story is disgusting and for McEwen to espouse such dirty rhetoric is indicative of McIntyre and his office. Is this what happens when an entrenched incumbent has a legitimate challenger? I hope this is the straw that broke the camels back for McIntyre. McEwen should be fired.

  • LAC says:

    I know Ilario Pantano is half Italian on his father’s side and I am not sure but I think the last name Pietro might be Italian as well.

    So my thought process is…our dear Congressman is prejudice against certain peoples. Not like it has not happened before. I hope Pietro isn’t a Northerner as well he will be sunk for sure by our dear Congressman.

    This is one politician (along with a whole host of others) that I think talks out of the side of his head most times.

    Isn’t calling another person crazy,” “shaky,” “schizophrenic” and “not all there” slanderous?

    Anyway, I thought during the last election our dear Congressman said there should be limits as to how many terms they run so shouldn’t he just throw in the towel already and get a life?

    I am tired of this guy already. Can’t we send him packing already??

  • Guest says:

    people are fed up with politicians and lawmakers promises ,only to be mislead with new taxes and laws and regulations and fees…people know there are no new job markets and the economy is in a stalemate they want change and new leaders..i think alot of policticians in office now, know its there last run and there not gonna be elected for a second term ….oh yeah dont forget your id registered voters its a new a law now thank god ..

  • Guest says:

    could this possibly be the same McEwen that goes around saying that same stuff and way more about females and racial undertones while substitute teaching in the local schools? there’s been complaints about that.

  • Guest says:

    How do you know Mr. Pietro is a liberal? Have you ever talked to him or are you just assuming? Why does everything always come down to a liberal vs. conservative argument?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Pietro is a Liberal. He’s OBVIOUSLY crazy and “not all there.”

    He’s a big fan of Obamacare. That right there tells you that he has a few screws loose.

  • Sensible says:

    Pietro is for health care reform. There is no doubt that we need health care reform, and Obama has so far been the only one who has done something about it. What have the Republicans done lately? Where are the jobs?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    The SUREST way to get Ilario Pantano elected is to run a left-wing loon against him.

  • Tea Party says:

    What the real story here is how dirty the Congressman and his staffer are. Who cares what this guy’s political philosophy is. This is a golden opportunity for us to capitalize on the fact that McIntyre is a dirty politician. Desperate is probably a better term.

  • hugh says:

    Mike is honorable and is not remotely “dirty”. This is irrelevant to you and your other desparate supporters who can only try to gain ground by lying and distorting the truth and record of a senior Congressman who has been a great asset to his district. “A golden opportunity to capitalize” is all you seek without regard for the truth–you are indeed desparate.Save your slander.

  • Mike Miller says:

    The real story here that we need to capitalize on is that McIntyre and his staff are dirty. This is a golden opportunity for us to expose McIntyre for what he is.

  • Ryan Burris says:

    I think Del is an outstanding guy… Pantano or McIntyre for 2012 are both bad mistakes! I have run into Del several times at various events….never has he once appeared as “crazy,” “shaky,” “schizophrenic” or “not all there.” … If anything, I think he needs to be louder, and speak out more!

  • True Independent says:

    Actual, from what I’ve read, Pietro sounds like a real Democrat.
    McIntyre is a Democrat in name only. There must be something about Pietro that makes McIntyre worry because I don’t think he would waste his time commenting on someone he considers truly “crazy”.
    It would be nice to have a real Democrat in the congressional race for a change.

  • Guest says:

    If you look at Pietro’s calm and cool demeanor he certainly looks like someone that is going to be a serious contender. So far when I’ve seen him in news clips he has been very knowledgeable and articulate. He very well could be our next Congressman.

  • Scar1 says:

    Del is kind enough not to slap Mike in the face for that one. How very low to smear someone’s character. And Del has kids and family that will read such accusations. How would Mr. McIntyre like it if someone said this to his children. Del’s children are young but can hear others repeat such “trash”. How cruel can one be? Apologize!!!!!

    Perhaps he is afraid Del will win. And with this type action he has my vote. How nasty!!!

  • Loyal Democrat says:

    I know both of the gentlemen you have written about in your story. If either of them is “not all there” or “schizophrenic” it isn’t Del Pietro. I think Tony McEwen’s actions demonstrated that he is the type of ambitious politician who would sell his grandmother to meet his needs. It isn’t the first time I have seen him behave in this manner.

    On the other hand, Del Pietro is a True Democrat, loyal to the party and to the President who says what he believes and follows through on those beliefs. He would make a fine, honest Congressman representing our district.

  • Guest says:

    If Mcintyre doesn’t take decisive action against McEwen’s remarks then McIntyre owns them.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    As far as jobs, what part of “the government can’t produce jobs” confuses you?

    You’re a typical Democrat. “Sqwaaaaak! The gobmint! The gobmint!”

    The government is RARELY the answer to ANY question regarding economics. The government that governs best governs LEAST.

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