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Rep. McIntyre takes $50,000 trip to Australia

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A $50,000 trip to Australia. That's apparently one of the perks of being a Congressman.

Rep. Mike McIntyre, who will retire after this term, took a trip earlier this year paid for by lobbyists. The tour of Adelaide, Australia, McIntyre took with his wife Denise, topped the list of most expensive privately-paid trips ever. The total cost for their one-week stay was $49,635, according to multiple Congressional watchdogs.

WWAY asked McIntyre about the trip. In a statement his office said: "This trip was not at taxpayer expense. The House Ethics Committee specifically approved the purpose of this trip which was to address America's alliances in the Pacific."

The trip was paid for by the Defense Teaming Center, a defense industry non-profit.

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What is the problem???

I am a very conservative voter and have a genuine dislike for most liberal politicians and their agendas BUT which one of the posters squawking about McIntyre taking a free trip to Australia would not be sitting on the same plane and in the same resorts if given the chance???
Give it a rest - Mike is out of the picture in a little while and we will have someone else to bash then!

You're Right...

...and if it's David Rouzer, the subject matter will be endless.

This luxury vacation cost

This luxury vacation cost more than most make in a year in NC. I am totally sick of politics and politicians in general. They are all the same. They use their positions for personal gain and that of their pals. Not what our forefathers had in mind when the US Government was organized.

What feeble minds

all of the comments; all miss the target. all overlook the future.

The DTC is not an entity chartered in this Country. It is an organization chartered and headquartered in South Australia. It promotes defense industry activity based in South Australia.

They did not have Magic Mike and spouse over there to secure business in this country.

Why would they have him over?

Do they see his value as a lobbyist in DC? I'm not certain they have one now.

Do they believe, as others do, that Magic Mike stepped away from the current re-election effort knowing he would face an uphill battle and probable loss? Do they think Magic Mike may run again in 2 years for a seat in the district where his Lumberton home is located?

All you folks posting mindless dribble and you don't have the insight to read between the lines.

DTC would not spend this amount of money on a retiring Congressman with no future political influence or plans to return.

that old lazy libber

that old lazy libber trashbag dumbocrat needs to retire and go lay up with the rest of them libber dumbocrats in commiefornia like old nancy peligrossy and that old gloria stieinborg and the rest of them worthless peices of doo doo, them old politiciens just discust me u know there a bunch of crooks and slobs cause there politiciens and they dont get out and get real jobs and work for a living they just LAY AROUND and hog up all our tax dollars and sit on there FAT BUTTOCKS and tell us littel ppl what to do while they ride around in there limosuines and suck down shampain and eat fillay min yawns and cavyar on the tax payer dime while i gotta eat RAMEN NOODELS and PORK AND BEANS lol :D

Lobbyists NEVER spend money without tradeoff

This is sad. Now that he's retiring the real Mike is coming out. Finally all of his pro-veteran, pro-military positions are beginning to make sense. I wonder what "Defense Teaming Center" received for its $50K "investment" in Mike? Of course, in the end all of us taxpayers will have to pay the bill.

Mike down under...

Yeah right. Could have been reward for a mighty good back scratching all these years (I scratch your back, you scratch mine).

And if a non-profit gives $50k for a trip to Australia for a retiring Congressman and his wife, it's hardly non-profit. The money for this extravagance came from somewhere, right?

May not have been tax payer dollars that paid for it, but I have a sneaky feeling that we paid in some way, don't you?

Just one more reason we need

Just one more reason we need term limits. I also think we should tax this kind of pay off.

lobbyist send our

lobbyist send our "congressmen" on lavish vacation trips????????? David Rouzer is a lobbyist, did he fund this trip?

Sleazy

The phrase "paid for by lobbyists" says a lot.

I have never liked the ambitious, sneaky McIntyre. There has always been something about him that struck me as a little fishy, a little sleazy.

His expensive trip to Australia would make an interesting story for WWAY to report. I would like to see photos of the five-star luxury hotels he and his wife stayed in, along with the tabs from the gourmet restaurants. And, believe me, they vacationed in over-the-top luxury down under. Deluxe all the way!

I guess all that good food has made McIntyre's moon face a little bit more flabby.

Thanks, WWAY, for reporting on our illustrious politicians, who are banding together to form an oligarchy similar to Russia's.

As long as it wasn't at

As long as it wasn't at taxpayers expense who cares. Hope he had a nice vacation.