Del Pietro withdraws from Congressional race

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Democrat Del Pietro has withdrawn from the race for Congress. Pietro planned to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in next year's Democratic primary for the 7th District seat in the US House.

In an e-mail, Pietro cited the recent comments of a McIntyre staff member as the reason for his withdrawl.

"The direct attacks of this past week from Congressman McIntyre's staffer are an indication of what this campaign would be," Pietro wrote. "I have a wonderful and very loving family and they do not deserve to be put through such a terribly unethical campaign as put forth by Congressman McIntyre and his staffer."

We spoke to Pietro on the phone this evening. He confirmed that he thought the race was becoming too dirty and he did not want to subject himself and his family to that environment any more.

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Well, Mr. McEwen, did you get your wish? Your boss had a real Democrat to challenge him in the primary, actually giving us a choice for a change. No more grit our teeth and vote for McIntyre just to keep the seat warm for the Democrat-in-name-only. We were going to have a choice until your reckless actions resulted in Mr. Pietro's withdrawal from the race. I hope there are politicians who operate without a "snake squad" (usually) behind the scenes performing dirty tricks so their candidate can deny their actions. Your actions have shown us all what kind of Congressman we have when he tolerates employees of your ilk in his office. Who can blame Mr. Pietro for not wanting to lower himself to the level of your mud pit.

...see if Fidel Castro will come out of retirement for you?

You and he share the same goals.

trust me, Pietro has lots o skeletons in the closet. Pietro really is unstable, he knows his past is bad news & wisely is choosing to keep his family from having to re-live his bizarre problems. Pietro was smart to drop out, his family would have been embarassed. There's got to be someone better than the Pietro's & the Pantanos out there!

What was your point about craigs list? You seem to know a lot about him.

We are all sinners in the eyes of God.