Rep. Mike McIntyre donates Congressional papers to UNCW

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Submitted: Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:53pm
Updated: Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:33pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At an event at UNCW’s Randall Library Monday, Rep. Mike McIntyre donated his Congressional papers and memorabilia, in anticipation of his retirement from the US House.

The Special Collections room at the library is now home to thousands of newspaper clippings, documents, keys, campaign signs and, of course, his famous big check. He says he’s happy to make the donation, saying it was more about a living history of the area rather than just his time in office.

“We’re really excited to make this donation,” Rep. McIntyre said. “UNCW best represents the heart of this area and I think it’s very important for folks to have that sense of history, that sense of partnership that we shared. This office has been and I hope always will be about working with folks about issues that affect their lives.”

Angela Douglas, a political science professor at UNCW, says the items will also be used to help with a new campaign management minor at the university.

“The campaign materials right here behind us. You see some of the signs, the usage, the imagery, the branding and so often people don’t understand what it means to have that involved in campaigns. so now our students are able to see it,” Douglas said.

McIntyre, a Lumberton Democrat, will retire in January at the end of his ninth term. He has held the District 7 seat since 1996.

“We’ve received 22 boxes of memorabilia,” Douglas said. “There’s another 40-50 boxes, we’re not sure, of memorabilia and 30-40 boxes of papers that will be delivered within the next two weeks,” Douglas said.

Emily Emanuels, a political science student at UNCW, is excited about the memorabilia.

“To have like exclusive access for years to come to all his congressional papers, It really will give us a lot of insight into like what they do,” Emanuels said.

David Rouzer will replace McIntyre. Rouzer becomes the first Republican to hold the seat since 1871 after beating Democrat Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian J. Wesley Casteen last week.


  • Martin B Smith says:

    Did McIntyre take a tax deduction for this?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    he will.

    He won’t do anything underhanded. He’ll be back.

  • taxpayer says:

    I wonder if his memorabilia included a large cardboard check?

  • ireckon says:

    So I can donate my old car sitting out in the front yard up on blocks, utilize the tax deduction,and thats ok. But this man donates his papers, which can be put to great use, and its wrong. Both are legal last time I looked. Hypocritical to say the least, and heck I am not a even a Democrat, thank God! I admire the man for what he has done for southeastern NC and hope he runs for office again!

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Always found him to be a class act. Can’t say that about very many politicians today, including most all of the latest winners or losers in the last election cycle. People can say what they will about his political perspectives but he essentially did what he was elected to do; represent his district. Seems like hardly any of them are interested in doing that anymore.

    I doubt he’ll be back. Congress has morphed into a cesspool of extremist, self-serving, do-nothing, national news sound-biters. I doubt he has the stomach to wade back into that. That was never his style.

  • 211 says:

    Hes not the only one who does this. They all use all the tax breakes they can get. Just ask a lot of people at tax time.

  • guest45 says:

    you can bet that mcintyre will hate to give up his blank cardboard check, but wherever he is, from now on, his main objecvtive will be to fleece the taxpayer, any way he can, and as much as he can!

  • 1492 says:

    Specifically, how did he do that and how will he plan on doing that in the future?

    I’ve always found him to be a man of integrity. If you have any integrity yourself, please substantiate your statement.

  • Joyce says:

    Congressman Mike McIntyre has been an excellent representative. He has represented North Carolina extremely well and has been an advocate for our military and does an outstanding job in constituent services. His integrity is beyond reproach and I hope to see Mike represent us again in the future.

  • Besty_Guesty says:

    When one works for a company, the work product is the property of the company that pays the employee. Since politicians work for the public, the work product should belong to the public. Why would the work product have to be donated to the owners?

    Also, did the “donation” include all of the work product or just a carefully edited subset designed to make the donor look as good as possible?

  • guess 33 says:

    McIntyre always pretended he was a friend to the military vets. Where was McIntyre when the VA hospital in Fayetville was the worst facility in the country?

    Oh yea, now I remember – he was taking his family on overseas junkets; that we paid for of course.

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