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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just months after losing a tight race for Congress, Republican David Rouzer is ready to run again.

Rouzer says he’s better known now, which should make another campaign easier.

Rouzer lost to Rep. Mike McIntyre in November by only 654 votes. He says he’s ready for another shot.

About a dozen supporters joined Rouzer today for his announcement along the Wilmington riverfront.

The former state senator from Johnston County says his time in Raleigh makes him the best candidate to grow the economy and to cut spending at the federal level.

He says he fell short last year, because he was not well known. He plans to change that this time around.

“This is why I got into public service to begin with. This country is here for a reason. The founding principles of individual liberty and economic freedom deserve to survive,” Rouzer said.

Rouzer says starting his campaign early will get his name out more, help him raise money and hopefully take the seat McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, has held since 1997.

If McIntyre runs again, he will face a primary challenge from New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield.

Since losing in November, Rouzer says he has been doing some consulting work and farming, including growing tobacco for Phillip Morris.

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  • GuestO’Day

    If this guy Rouzer can sing “Dixie” as good as Jesse Helms I might just be willing to vote for him.

  • Guest123432

    As bad as Mr Pork Barrel McIntyre needs to be replaced tomorrow, I hope the GOP can come up with a better candidate than Rouzer, he just doesn’t cut the mustard as far as the average taxpayer is concerned.

  • Guesty1234

    I met him and frankly he strikes me as “not to smart” and that’s putting it nicely. I’m begging the NC GOP to get behind some better candidates than the likes of Rouzer and Pantano. Both have been rejected by the voters so why in the world would they run again and again?? Rouzer ran in a distrct specifically gerrymandered in his favor and still couldn’t win what makes him think this time will be different. Johnston County hog lobbying goober I say.

  • ChefnSurf

    – “Ok Mr. Rouzer, as I said before, the key to your success is to visualize it in advance. Are you doing that?”
    – “Oh am I ever! This time I’ve got it so visualized I just know I’ll win!”
    – “Ok, so tell me what you see……”
    – “Well, I’m now a Congressman, and I’m standing in the nightly conga line in the Capital Building waiting with all of the others for my turn to put out some way cool sound bite on the national news broadcasts …….”
    – “OK …….”
    – “…and I’m thinking I’m gonna say something so cool so that everybody will notice me ……..”
    – “OK ……”
    – “and then I’ll be famous, and I already can’t even wait to run for the Senate the next time because I’m gonna look so cool!”
    – “OK ……… Are you also visualising some clever way to help your constituents back in your district to help you get noticed as well?”
    – “Uhhh … I don’t get that part coach. Why would I visualize anything about them?”


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