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VOTE 2012: Johnston Co. senator will square off against Pantano; Goolsby & Rabon support run

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By Colin Campbell
The News & Observer

RALEIGH, NC (THE NEWS & OBSERVER) -- One day after new redistricting maps put Johnston County in the 7th Congressional District, N.C. Sen. David Rouzer of McGee's Crossroads announced Wednesday that he'll run for the seat in 2012.

Rouzer won't be challenging his area's current Congresswoman, fellow Republican Renee Ellmers of Dunn. Under the maps released Tuesday, Ellmers' 2nd District would extend west from her Harnett County home into Lee, Moore, Chatham and Randolph counties.

Rouzer wants to represent the district extending southeast from his Johnston County home, covering Sampson, Duplin, Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. He'll face Ilario Pantano of Wilmington, the former U.S. Marine who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in 2010. Pantano months ago announced his plans to run again, long before the new district maps were released.

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HERE IS THE NEWS RELEASE HIS CAMPAIGN ISSUED:

RALEIGH - State Senator David Rouzer announced today that he will seek election to the U.S. Congress in the newly formed 7th Congressional District. Under the newly released Congressional redistricting maps, the 7th District, currently held by Congressman Mike McIntyre, will include Johnston County and the counties south of Johnston as you travel I-40 east, ending with portions of New Hanover and Pender counties.

“The federal government has steered our country on a dangerous course and everyone knows it,” said Senator David Rouzer. “The choices we make moving forward will determine whether we remain the beacon of freedom in the world with economic prosperity at home or become a third-rate nation. We will determine whether our children and grandchildren live the American dream or whether they will be asking us what it was once like to live in America.”

“The only way to reform our federal government and regain our foothold for the future is to remove the shackles of taxation and burdensome regulation that have put millions of people out of work. We must return to the Founding principles of free enterprise and self-reliance that made this country an economic power and the envy of the world,” added Rouzer. “To do this we must elect members of Congress who have proven themselves to be common-sense conservative leaders. My conservative record in the state legislature and the relationships built from years of work with many of the citizens and the major industries throughout the 7th District make this a natural move.”

Rouzer currently represents Johnston and Wayne counties in the North Carolina Senate where he serves as Co-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee, the Natural and Economic Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee. In that capacity Rouzer was a leader in the effort to reform the state’s regulatory agencies and halt new regulations that would be a hindrance to small businesses and job creation.

Before his election to the state Senate, he served as a top advisor to U.S. Senators Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole and was instrumental in getting a tobacco buyout that has been so important for our state. Rouzer also served as a senior level presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Among those already supporting Rouzer’s bid for Congress are Mrs. Jesse Helms, former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, former State Senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Fred Smith, State Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County, State Sen. Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County, State Sen. Wesley Meredith of Cumberland County, State Sen. Brent Jackson of Sampson County, N.C Rep. J.H. Langdon of Johnston County, Bill Prestage of Sampson County, and Dial Gray and Frank Grainger of Columbus County.

Note: The 7th Congressional District includes Johnston, Sampson, Duplin, Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, Pender, New Hanover, and Lenoir counties.

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Are there any Conservatives in the Republican Party?

So the choice is between a theocrat & a good old boy who thinks that supporting the tobacco buyout is an example of free-enterprise and self-reliance? So, the Federal Government is a big, bad, scary monster UNLESS it is giving handouts to your constituents? Just want to make sure I've got that right.

Great Comment

I couldn't have said that any better myself!!!

A Dem for Pantano

I'm a Dem rooting for Pantano in the primary and general. This Rouzer proudly served for one of the most hateful and racist politicians in the history of this country, Jesse Helms. This Rouzer is a career politician and thats the last thing we need in Washington.

David Rouzer

AMEN brother, I am from the north and that was the first thing I heard about Jesse Helms. Besides, Rouzer has done nothing else but politics. Who wants someone that is one of the good ole' boys.

Rabon support lol

hope this guy will do a better job than Bill Rabon is doing, we dont need to go in that direction.

Now What?

Looks like Pantano and McIntyre will have to go to plan "B". Pantano will have a legitimate contender in the primary and McIntyre won't have all the "good ol'boys" in his corner. "The times they are a changin"

Great news for People Against Pantano!

N.C. Sen. David Rouzer already has my vote just for being on the ticket against that 'other guy'...

Thank you God!

Sen. Rouzer has our full support! Our prayers have been answered! Say bye-bye Pantano! Go back to adopting dogs,getting tatoos and shooting people 60 times.

If you've

never carried a weapon and stood a post; if you have never carried a weapon on patrol; if you've never been in a firefight and accountable for the well being and survival of troops entrusted to you, YOU have no right to disparage Mr. Pantano over his military service. When will mealey mouth liberals get it through your heads that his actions were reviewed and he was found not to even merit charges and a court martial. Lt Calley he was not.

Cause him to articulate his position on topics that affect the citizens of the district. Cuase him to lay out a plan for action if he is elected, I'm all for that.

But if sporting a tattoo affects one's ability to serve in Congress or the Senate, than perhaps all candidates should campaign in the nude; and seeing some of them that is a nasty thought.

Adopting dogs? What does that have to do with his abiltiy to serve in Congress?

I've done all those things

I've done all those things you mentioned hundreds of times so I feel qua;l;ified to comment.. I wouldn't let Pantano lead my pet outside. I had Pvt's that had more moral courage than pantano. Officers and NCO's don't lead the way he did. You may not like McIntyre or Rouzer but they're are both ethical moral individuals....

Guest777

Wow, so proud of you! U joined the Marines during war, went to Falujah, and fought side by side with Panatano? How else would you really know about what happened over there. Otherwise, I would say you were a liberal, speculating, 99 week leach on society

leach on society

read the article 32..........Very eye opening