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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina state senator who lost narrowly a congressional bid to Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre in November says he’ll run again for the 7th District seat in 2014.

Republican David Rouzer of Johnston County told The Insider that he would announce his candidacy officially next week. Rouzer lost to McIntyre by 654 votes of the more than 336,000 cast. He conceded following recounts in the southeastern North Carolina district, but left the door open for a repeat campaign.

Rouzer did not immediately return a phone call Friday from The Associated Press.

McIntyre is in his ninth term and has filed paperwork to run for a tenth. He was targeted in 2012 by national Republicans after redistricting cut out Democratic precincts and his hometown of Lumberton.

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17 Comments on "Rouzer to run again for Congress from NC in 2014"

2015 years 8 months ago

Like him or not, Congressman McIntyre “brings it home” for his district! Thank you for your good work, Mike.

2015 years 8 months ago

These transfers of wealth only help to keep the taxes high and the people dependent on scraps from D.C. Mike is part of the problem.

2015 years 8 months ago

Mike is like Happy Gilmore, with his Big Cardboard checks

2015 years 8 months ago

Bring it on Girly Man. They gerrymandered the district so you would win last time and you STILL couldn’t win. Call Ilario Pantano. Maybe the two of you can start your own “Losers’ Club”.

2015 years 8 months ago

I voted for him, but he’s vapid and stale everytime I went to hear him speak. He had his shot and blew his chance with the improved new district. Please somebody decent step up and run.

2015 years 8 months ago

Rouzer looks like a twin McIntyre, for sure this district can find a better candidate to represent this district than either Mr Pork Barrel King or rouzer, this is getting pitiful.

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree with the poster who asked couldn’t they field a better candidate? I don’t know a lot about David Rouzer except that his last ad campaign was ineffective. Mike hurt himself more so than Rouzer did. What has Rouzer been up to since the last election? How is he supporting himself?
I just hope he doesn’t run as a Tea Party conservative.
As time goes on we’re beginning to see they’re NOTHING like a fiscal conservative should be:


Allen West – Todd Aiken and others giving big bonuses.
Of the top 10 members of Congress most generous with year-end bonuses, nine were Republicans, and 14 of the top 20 were, not coincidentally, on their way out of the House.
Sore losers or taking care of the people that took care of them?

Wasteful spending is a bipartisan effort folks – whether it’s taxpayer dollars or campaign contributions.


2015 years 8 months ago


So far, McIntyre faces a laughable primary challenge from an opponent who thinks $1,000,000 will be sufficient for the primary challenge.

And Mr. Rouzer.

Don’t know what Mr. Rouzer has been doing.

I believe we wil find Mr. McIntyre is in some section of his district most every week-end while Congress is in session.

If his words hold true, he seems to understand Congress can not spend more than it takes in. It’s spending, not tax revenue, which is fueling our fiscal challenges.

2015 years 8 months ago

Next time you talk to Mike how about reminding him those card board checks are not really his, they come from the money taken from hard working taxpayers, that have repeatedly asked congress to get their spending under control, but Mr Mike is still championing all the pork he can muster, and remind us again of the solutions to the problems that he address’s each campaign that he has actually went back and pushed thru some permanent solutions, that’ll keep you busy.

2015 years 8 months ago

mike has my vote no matter who the other candidate is . he does a great job!!! i only wish we had more like him in d.c. i`ll bet they would get some common sense legislation passed .

2015 years 8 months ago

Please NO! No way! Rouzer is no good for this area. (or for any area for that matter). Give it up. Move on!

2015 years 8 months ago

We could argue ad nauseum about what ails this country. We have passed literally thousands of bills that affect the amount of revenue we collect – from EIC, to overseas tax shelters, to corporate specialty tax reductions to capital gains tax reductions. The list is endless it seems. And this list so far doesn’t even include the general tax cuts passed while past presidents were in office. Yet, for all this tax cutting no one except President Obama has cut spending. Politicians love all tax cuts and they also love all spending programs – but to sit here and all of the sudden say spending is an issue after we enacted all sorts of tax cuts is disingenuous at best – it is the starve the beast mentality.

The core issue here is just what do we Americans want to pay for. Both sides have their priorities – they just don’t match.
Reagan raised the national debt from $900B to $2.8T over his 8 years – a staggering 150% increase.

Bush doubled the national debt during his tenure

Obama so far is under 100% debt increase but not by much but gets the lions share of the political blame on debt issues.

We are being taxed at levels not seen since the 1980s/90s yet we’re spending like drunk sailors. BOTH issues have to be dealt with. When 47% of your population doesn’t pay ANY taxes you have issues. If we were to go with Simpson Bowles $3 in cuts and $1 revenue increase we’d be just fine – right now all we’d need to do is get another $600B in revenues to meet that……


2015 years 8 months ago

The Feds are borrwing 40 cents of every dollar spent. Clearly, that calls for cuts in spending. Where to start? How about the give away programs such as free cell phones which cost the Nation $30 million per month.

McIntyre seems to have an understanding that the Government can not spend more than it receives in tax revenues.

2015 years 8 months ago

Is that everyone seems to think that taxes should remain “static”.
Look, we all know the government borrows money every day.
Did we cut taxes so far that we are now required to borrow the money?
Or did we increase spending so far that we are borrowing?
Or both?

The answer as we all know is C – BOTH.

Of course if we had a better employment situation tax revenues would be higher from collecting more payroll taxes.

Debt after a recession is higher. The same with after war. We are coming out of a recession and ending 2 wars. Military spending after wars end typically comes down at least 30%. This was consistent with WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Yet you mention cutting military spending now and you get “What – are you CRAZY?” You mention eliminating some tax cuts and you get the same thing……..
I’m all for cutting spending and increasing revenues to get to the point where the government is operating slightly in the black so that all bills are being paid and excess is used to pay down debt.
We’ve been building up debt since Carter/Reagan – it will take 30 years to pay it down.

2015 years 8 months ago

I made no mention of tax increases. I mentioned spending.

There is a problem when NC spends $13 billion in state and federal funds for Medicaid.

There’s a problem when the Feds spend Billions, monthly, on free cell phones which are supposed to allow holders emergency telephone useage. The useage has always been available through local social service agencies at not cost to the tax payers.

I still believe McIntyre has gotten the message.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why not run another republican loser against Mike. I guess Rouzer and Pantano just couldn’t believe they lost the first time so they had to get their ass whipped again.
Can’t the republicans realize that Mike will be there as long as he likes.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m begging the SE NC GOP to get behind a better candidate than Rouzer. What is it with these local politicians that think we just can’t do without them?? Rouzer was a poor candidate for our district and is pretty far removed from the needs of our area. I meet him and frankly he struck me as a “not so smart” individual. He was soundly rejected and it’s time we find some better candidates than the likes of Rouzer, Pantano, Berger and the like. SE NC has become the laughing stock of the state because of lowbrows like the above mentioned. If it comes down to Rouzer vs McIntyre I’ll be voting for MM! Sorry….but if this is the best we can produce I’d rather go with a Blue Dog.


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