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Rep. Mike McIntyre says he would promote bi-partisanship if he seeks governor's office

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY)-- A day after Governor Bev Perdue's announcement
that she will not seek re-election, the focus now is on who will take her seat.

Many names are being tossed around with several local and state leaders
showing interest. One of those is Congressman Mike McIntyre.

We caught up with McIntyre today during a visit to Carolina Beach to ask
how serious he is about a move from Washington to Raleigh.

“I had several folks who contacted me right away and said for me to
consider the possibility and yes I am open to the possibility of
considering that but, I’ve got to have a lot of discussion with folks
around the state, my family has to discuss it and then some decisions have
to be made fairly soon because filing starts next month,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre has represented North Carolina in US congress since 1997. The
Democrat is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of Democrats that
are considered moderates within their party. He says party affiliation
aside, it's time for North Carolina’s leader to put bipartisanship into
action.

“As folks know I’ve had a long history of working across the aisle and
I think the problems we're facing in North Carolina as well as in this
nation, you've got to have folks who will reach across the aisle, work
together and find solutions and not get caught up in party politics,”
McIntyre said.

When asked about how redistricting of the congressional lines will play a
role in his decision to run for governor, McIntyre says they are two
separate issues.

“That has to be a separate consideration," McIntyre said.

If the governor's seat is in fact in his future, McIntyre says he will put
personal politics aside to do what's best for North Carolinians.

“It's something that I’ve long done," McIntyre said. I’ve long strived to work with
folks on what the issues are and not whether or not it was a party's issue
but is it the right issue to help the people. "

According to state regulations, candidates must file a notice for
candidacy in the filing period between February 13th and February 29th.

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