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McIntyre discusses final goals for his term

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- As U.S. representative Mike McIntyre’s time in office dwindles down, we wanted to know what final goals he has before retirement.

McIntyre says they just passed the farm bill last week, a bill two years in the making, that affects rural economic development.

And McIntyre says he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

"We've also been working on the defense bill,” McIntyre explained. “Of course I've served in the Armed Services Committee. We know that military is so important to our area. And another major bill we are working on right now is the water resources development act which affects our coast."

McIntyre says he wants to make sure our beaches stay beautiful and protected.

And McIntyre says what will miss the most after nearly two decades on the job is the opportunity to work with people.

"It's events like the Black History event today. It’s opportunities when we're down working on the beaches or working with the local fire department or working with our veterans, our senior citizens. I mean the list goes on. Or spending time with the schools with children. Those opportunities just to engage and know that you can make a difference in someone's life."

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I don't think I missed it

but Big Mike did not announce a retirement from public life. He merely announced he was not standing for re-election to the House.

He has not announced any plans for himself.

He did announce he would not be spreading the $800,000 in his campaign coffers to other Democratic candidates. Even he has limits on how far he will go to help a fellow Dem.

So what could he do with the escrowed funds?

Mount a campaign to run for Governor?

Give Richard Burr a run for his money at the next election?

He's a young guy full of energy and a boatload of state wide Democratic contacts and supporters. He knew the re-election effort would be tough and probably unsuccessful.

Answer, expand the horizons. Go statewide.

Barring an entry to run for the nomination against Kay Hagen, we'll know where he is heading by February or so of 2015.

Returning to Lumberton to open a law office just does not seem an option for a man who has tasted the Washington political life and power.

If Lyndon Johnson, the son of a small Texas town, could move from the House to the Senate, so can Mike.

Don't kid yourself, he's not gone; he's regrouping.

Thank you

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding job you have done these past years. We have many politicians in office, but few real public servants. Truly you have been a servant of the people, thank you!

Lastly, thank you for your profound faith and love for all of God's people. As a Mom, I am deeply grateful both for all you have done, and for your enduring and courageous faith.

May God Bless you and your family always,

In God We Trust,
Theresa

my guess is he is working

my guess is he is working hard to get a fresh re-order in on those big cardboard checks he is always giving out so he'll have plenty on hand for his retirement

Don't write another check

Don't write another 4X8 check (with your name on it) - we are taxed enough.