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VOTE 2010: Republicans form group to support Congressman McIntyre

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Republicans from across Southeastern North Carolina have formed a grassroots network called “Republicans for Mike” to support Congressman Mike McIntyre’s re-election bid.

Former Wilmington Mayor David Jones, a small-business owner who is well-respected by people across the political spectrum, will serve as chairman of “Republicans for Mike.” Jones has a strong network of contacts throughout the region from Wilmington to Fayetteville, having lived in Fayetteville for more than two decades before moving to Wilmington.

“Mike continues to earn the support of many Republicans because he doesn’t push a partisan interest but rather does what’s best for Southeastern North Carolina,” Jones said. “He’s a proven leader who works from the center to build consensus and get things done.”

Republicans are volunteering throughout the 7th Congressional District for Congressman McIntyre’s campaign because they recognize his proven record of social and fiscal conservatism. In the past year, Congressman McIntyre voted against the auto bailout, the bank bailouts and the energy tax.

Additionally, many Republicans say they are unwilling to support challenger Ilario Pantano because he does not know the communities of Southeastern North Carolina and lacks knowledge about issues that are important to the citizens who live there. Pantano just registered as a Republican less than one year ago, in November 2009 and has only voted in four of the last 13 elections.

Congressman McIntyre has received major endorsements from prominent conservative-leaning organizations including the National Rifle Association; the National Federation for Independent Business, the nation’s largest voice for small business; National Right to Life; and ALIPAC, an organization fighting illegal immigration.

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