WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- With the primary election just a few months away Woody White and David Rouzer are hitting the campaign trail, and Rouzer is bringing in a heavy hitter from Washington to help generate interest.
"I think that we're going to have a very good year as Republicans in November,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Before you cast your vote in November the G.O.P. will have to determine a winner in the May primary: David Rouzer or Woody White. Majority leader Eric Cantor has already chosen a side in the fight.
"David Rouzer is a priority of mine and he is a priority of our leaderships because he is a common sense conservative, and he understands the need for a smaller government, and to cut back on wasteful spending,” said Cantor. “He understands that we need an America that works again."
According to challenger Woody White, politicians like David Rouzer are a part of the problem as a Washington insider who he says cares more about the party than his constituents.
"He's going to do what he's told to do, and that's why they want to hand pick him, and that's why they have come down here and want to poke an eye in the people of the 7th District and choose who they want up there so they can control him,” said Woody White.
"He can talk about Washington Insider all he wants,” said David Rouzer. “He's just envious that I have the experience to get there and do it on day one and he doesn't."
White didn’t stop at Rouzer, but also questioned Cantor’s voting record as the House Majority Leader including a recent decision to support President Obama and increase the debt ceiling.
"He and the Republican leadership maneuvered this vote quickly without any notice, did it cleanly, and left town,” said White.
Rouzer says he would not have supported the debt ceiling raise, but he and Cantor have worked on something everyone in the 7th District can support.
"When we get back up to Washington we will be taking up a reform bill so that the residents of this area will have affordable flood insurance while maintaining the soundness of the flood insurance program,” said Cantor.
Cantor says he is breaking the mold and endorsing Rouzer as a primary candidate because he is a close friend.
White says he wouldn’t have accepted Cantor’s support even if he had offered it.